Hi, I’m the GIS/Data Specialist and ROV Navigator for the team. At-sea, I navigate ROV and manage all the data recording. In the office, I process and analyze all the data such as ROV tracking positioning data, and habitat and fish video data, also I create all the maps we use for the cruise and rep0rt figures.
ROV control van: Pilot and navigator stay in this box for approximate 6 to 8 hours a day, staring at monitors all day long...
I joined the team in 2002 as an intern while I was an international student at Monterey Peninsula College. I had over 8 years experience as a field technician at a Marine environmental consulting company in Japan before I came to the US. After I completed an Associate Degree in Marine Science and Technology, I decided to stay in the US for the higher degree, and thenI transfered to Humboldt States University. Luckily, the ROV team office is located in Humboldt county too, so I could continue working for them. After I graduated from HSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Oceanography, I became the GIS/Data Specialist for the team.
While working in Marine science for over 17 years , I have always enjoy working on board the vessels. I do get sea sickness, but it doesn’t prevent me from this delight in my life. My other pleasure is the technologies. I love working with computers, both hardware and software. I’m not a professional IT guy, but enough of one for making our data recording system work right and for troubleshooting it.
We record over 100,000 positioning and sensor data and over 6 to 8 hours a day of video from each cruise. In order to process the large quantity of data, it needs to be automated. I have created VBA (Visual Basic for Application) Software for our database, and now most of the data processing is automated. I’m still developing VBA software for data analysis, so that our biologists can find interesting results from the data.
Visualizing data is getting more important than ever. GIS is the tool to visualize our spacial data. I create hazard maps that show steep pinnacles since ROV has to fly only 1 to 2 meters hight from the rocky ocean floor. We are also planning to create 3D animated ROV tracking map to show our data, and showing our data on Google ocean (Google Earth).
At-sea, I navigate the ROV for flying BOB as straight as possible, also record XY position data, ROV sensor data and ROV video. We use Hypack and Trackpoint III for ROV tracking. This software can be so challenging, I have to prepare for it before every cruise. With the ROV system upgrade, I’m expecting more challenging experiences this year!
ROV team with ROV BOB