Light weight video sleigh (Baktus) used for making recordings of the seabed, e.g. before and after trawling. Photo: Eva Maria Pedersen

Observation technology

The research area Observation Technology is engaged in research and development of systems that can be used to collect data to support marine research and management of the marine area.

Main themes within observation technology

Observation Technology is a cross-cutting initiative which encompasses systems, operations, and methods for scientific observation in aquatic environments. The multidisciplinary nature of its activities is based on the integration of traditional areas like systems and survey design, mechanics, electronics, optics, and acoustics with signal and image analysis. 

Within the research area Observation Technology we develop innovative and non-destructive ways to observe aquatic organisms, quantify population abundances and distributions as well as to map and analyse aquatic landscapes, biota and physics on the sea bed. 

Why do we conduct research into observation technology?

The aim of the research into observation technology is to support aquatic researchers with state of the art observation technologies for acquisition of biological and other environmental data in marine research and monitoring as well as to develop innovate new methods.

Observations technology is an overarching activity, because methods can be widely used across a number of scientific disciplines and its starting point lies in existing DTU Aqua research and monitoring activities, which ensures a vitally tight coupling between research, advisory tasks, education and technology. 

What is the research used for?

Observation technological capacity at DTU Aqua presently consists of a collection of mobile instruments, e.g. an Edgetech 4125 Side Scan Sonar and a SAAB Seaeye Falcon System 12146 ROV, and a group of dedicated personnel, trained in planning and conducting sea going operations.

Field based research and education at DTU Aqua is supported by a common pool of instruments for underwater observation and we follow up on successful cooperation with industry partners in several projects developing and employing new technology. 

The observation technology group is also engaged in activities to prepare a new research vessel to substitute the present Dana as the future platform for multidisciplinary research and at the same time provide the personal and financial framework for deep sea and Arctic research and monitoring activities including mapping. 



Research Leader
Senior Researcher
Patrizio Mariani
Ph. +45 35 88 33 53

Sustainable Development Goals

Our research into observation technology supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG #14     UN Sustainable Development Goal #4

UN Sustainable Development Goal #9