Outline

In 1999, TORI of NARLabs began its long-term imaging observation of the coral reef habitat at Yayo Village, Lanyu Township (Orchid Island). The images were captured from Yayo Village’s cape bay area at 11 meters deep and stored in a database. A live feed (near-real-time) as well as still images are made available through this established image database.

History

TORI has established a long-term image monitoring system to observe the Yayo Bay coral reef habitat. We have a working relationship with the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) of NARLabs to transmit, display, and store the image data.

The first set of coral reef habitat underwater cameras were setup and operational by the end of 2009. Routine equipment maintenance began in 2010. The “Orchid Coral Reef Habitat Monitoring Station” was established within the compounds of Municipal Lanyugaoji Junior High School as a cooperative effort. In addition to equipment operation control, the school also provides steady power for the underwater monitoring system and serves as the relay point for signal conversion and remote access. In this cooperative effort, TORI works with the school to fully realize the educational benefits this live image system has to offer.

In November of 2010, a second set of coral reef habitat underwater cameras were setup. Thus, there are two sets of live images being streamed for processing and storage. More specifically, the data is transmitted via the Chunghwa Telecom microwave transmission system to the academic network of NCHC in Taitung and displayed on the NCHC Taiwan Ecological Video Platform in real-time as well as stored. This live feed is also set to be automatically stored into the TORI Marine Environmental Databank (MED).

Expected Results

在蘭嶼珊瑚礁區設置水下即時影像觀測系統,在學術研究上提供暸解生態變動的視覺資訊,用以持續進行珊瑚礁生態觀察與記錄,如提供研究機構在無人為影響下觀察研究珊瑚礁魚類的習性,儲存生態影像資料,提供學研單位進行分析研究。

另一方面,影像系統形成即時動態展示平台,拉近人與海的距離,對外展現與推廣,提升國人海洋生態保育觀念;同時,所蒐集之監視觀測影像,提供國內海洋生態保育之教材。

此外本中心與國網中心合作,將珊瑚影像與全球珊瑚礁觀測網連結,提供國際社群第一手的珊瑚礁生態觀測基礎資料,協助全球生態科學家進行環境變遷與自然擾動頻繁對珊瑚礁生態影響的研究。