November Talk #2: An Underwater Video Survey of the Sharks & Rays (Elasmobranchs) & Fish of Qatar: Can Virtual Reality Be a Useful Tool? By Dr. J. Jed Brown
Talk is on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Qatar University Library New (Main) Library B13, Ground Floor room 111, Virtual Reality Laboratory (Women’s side).
Location Coordinates: 25°22'38.71"N; 51°29'24.95"E
Synopsis of talk
Baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS) were deployed in the territorial waters of Qatar in order to gain an understanding of the abundance of sharks and rays and fish in Qatar. There is a particular interest in collecting data on the status of sharks and rays, as many of their species are under threat. Thus far over 200 hours of videos have been captured, and only a few sharks or rays have been observed. In addition to single camera BRUV’s, we also deploy a 360-degree camera housing, which produces 360° videos. These videos can be viewed with virtual reality headsets, which may prove to be a useful outreach tool to disseminate information about the marine environment to the general public.
Dr. J. Jed Brown was research faculty at the Center for Sustainable Development at Qatar University in Doha. He has expertise in fisheries, aquaculture, high salinity agriculture and has conducted extensive research in this area. He obtained his M.S. from Stony Brook University, USA in marine environmental science and his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in sustainable aquaculture.
In a past position in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Brown worked to develop a large integrated seawater agriculture/aquaculture project for the coastal desert that aimed to also produce biofuels. He conducted a large research project to screen various populations of salt-tolerant plants (halophytes) for production under seawater irrigation for this effort.
He has served for many years as a leader of natural resource management programs and projects for the US federal and state governments, including Chief of Fisheries for the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Dr. Brown will present an overview of his project and show current results, then Mohamed Ali Hammami of the Virtual Reality (VR) Lab will give a short overview of the VR equipment/facilities and finally participants can watch several of the 360° videos from the project on the equipment at the VR lab.
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