The potential of low-cost ROV for use in deep-sea mineral, ore prospecting and monitoring

Teague, J, Allen, MJ and Scott, TB 2018 The potential of low-cost ROV for use in deep-sea mineral, ore prospecting and monitoring. Ocean Engineering, 147. 333-339.

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With the development of ever more powerful micro-computers, the cost and capabilities of robotic systems for environmental surveying using remotely control systems continues to decrease and improve. Historically, submarine exploration was restricted to companies or organisations with considerable finances and resources; however, the last decade has seen the advent of ‘low cost’ remotely operated vehicles (ROV). These cost anywhere from $400-$40,000 and provide an opportunity for wider participation in ocean exploration. However, with 60% of the world's seafloor lying at depths in excess of 1000 m and current low cost ROVs typiclly depth limited to just 100 m, there is presently an inability to “go deep” affordably. This review assesses the state of the art for deep ROV technologies and identifies the primary technological hurdles to overcome in order to facilitate proliferation of low cost ROVs for deep ocean exploration with an emphasis on their application to mineral and ore prospecting.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Conservation
Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: Mike Allen
Date made live: 09 Oct 2018 08:09
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 09:58

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