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Evaluating the impact of sewage discharges on the marine environment with a lightweight AUV

Evaluating the impact of sewage discharges on the marine environment with a lightweight AUV
Evaluating the impact of sewage discharges on the marine environment with a lightweight AUV
Environmental studies that use small Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) can survey wider and deeper areas, compared to traditional methods, at a reasonable cost. Thanks to the precise vehicle navigation systems, the data collected can be accurately geolocalized. Besides, lightweight vehicles can be deployed from the shore or from small boats and programmed by means of user-friendly graphical interfaces, thus reducing and simplifying the need of human resources and infrastructures. Based on such a technology, this paper presents a framework to assess the environmental impact of a marine sewage outfall set in the Bay of Palma (Mallorca, Spain). We report the results of the analysis of the images recorded in the course of six missions conducted with an AUV. The plan was designed after a microbiological analysis detected the presence of cyanobacteria in a sample of sand and water collected by scuba divers close to the sewer pipe mouth.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Sewage discharges, marine ecosystem pollution
0025-326X
714-722
Bonin-Font, Francisco
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Lalucat, Jordi
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Oliver-Codina, Gabriel
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Massot-Campos, Miquel
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Font, Eric Guerrero
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Carrasco, Pep Lluis Negre
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Bonin-Font, Francisco
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Lalucat, Jordi
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Oliver-Codina, Gabriel
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Massot-Campos, Miquel
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Font, Eric Guerrero
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Carrasco, Pep Lluis Negre
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Bonin-Font, Francisco, Lalucat, Jordi, Oliver-Codina, Gabriel, Massot-Campos, Miquel, Font, Eric Guerrero and Carrasco, Pep Lluis Negre (2018) Evaluating the impact of sewage discharges on the marine environment with a lightweight AUV. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 135, 714-722. (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.07.071).

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Abstract

Environmental studies that use small Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) can survey wider and deeper areas, compared to traditional methods, at a reasonable cost. Thanks to the precise vehicle navigation systems, the data collected can be accurately geolocalized. Besides, lightweight vehicles can be deployed from the shore or from small boats and programmed by means of user-friendly graphical interfaces, thus reducing and simplifying the need of human resources and infrastructures. Based on such a technology, this paper presents a framework to assess the environmental impact of a marine sewage outfall set in the Bay of Palma (Mallorca, Spain). We report the results of the analysis of the images recorded in the course of six missions conducted with an AUV. The plan was designed after a microbiological analysis detected the presence of cyanobacteria in a sample of sand and water collected by scuba divers close to the sewer pipe mouth.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 August 2018
Published date: 1 October 2018
Keywords: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Sewage discharges, marine ecosystem pollution

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Local EPrints ID: 428787
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428787
ISSN: 0025-326X
PURE UUID: 8b6c7813-284a-4284-9d3c-fbd76a2853f8

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Date deposited: 08 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 08 Mar 2019 17:30

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Author: Francisco Bonin-Font
Author: Jordi Lalucat
Author: Gabriel Oliver-Codina
Author: Eric Guerrero Font
Author: Pep Lluis Negre Carrasco

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