Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute-2000
Entry ID: MBARI_VARS_2000

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Summary
Abstract: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) uses high-resolution video equipment to record hundreds of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives per year. In the first 20 years of ROV diving since 1988, over 16,000 hours of video tapes have been archived and managed as a centralized institutional resource. This unique video library contains footage of the biological, chemical, geological, and physical aspects of the Monterey Bay submarine canyon and other areas including the Pacific Northwest, Santa Barbara basin, Central California seamounts, Northern California, Oregon, Hawaii, and the Gulf of California. MBARI has developed a software and hardware system, Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS), to facilitate the creation, storage, and retrieval of video annotations based on ROV dive tapes. The VARS components reference a knowledge database of over 4,000 biological concepts as well as relevant descriptive, geological and technical terms. This hierarchical information allows for consistent and rapid classification, description, and complex querying of objects observed on video. Over three million observations, along with ancillary data from the time of collection, exist in this database.

After decades of collecting, cataloguing, and analyzing these data MBARI has amassed a unique, visual time series that supports a growing number of internal and external research publications and projects. The resulting database represents an evolution of knowledge and serves as a tool for studying descriptive and quantitative attributes of the ocean environment and ultimately measuring biodiversity deep in the Monterey Bay and extended regions of study. Recognizing the intellectual value of the extensive collection of the video captured by ROVs, MBARI continues to develop applications for internal and public access to this video database.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 45.936 S: 34.154  E: -119.916  W: -130.436

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Nancy Jacobsen Stout, Linda Kuhnz, Lonny Lundsten, Kyra Schlining, Susan von Thun
Dataset Title: Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) database
Dataset Series Name: Year 2000
Dataset Release Date: 2002
Dataset Release Place: Moss Landing, California USA
Dataset Publisher: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Data Presentation Form: Database
Other Citation Details: http://www.mbari.org/vars
Online Resource: http://iobis.org/mapper/?dataset=1507


Location Keywords
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN > HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN > MONTEREY BAY


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >ABYSSAL HILLS/PLAINS    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >CONTINENTAL MARGINS    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >FRACTURE ZONES    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE VOLCANISM >HYDROTHERMAL VENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >SEAMOUNTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >SUBMARINE CANYONS    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >BIOTURBATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >BIOGENIC SEDIMENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >PARTICLE FLUX    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE VOLCANISM >MID-OCEAN RIDGES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >BRYOZOANS/MOSS ANIMALS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >COMB JELLIES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >FLATWORMS/FLUKES/TAPEWORMS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >ARROW WORMS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >PEANUT WORMS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >BURROWS/SPOON WORMS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >RIBBON WORMS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >LAMP SHELLS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >CNIDARIANS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >ECHINODERMS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >MOLLUSKS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >SEGMENTED WORMS (ANNELIDS)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >SPONGES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >BACTERIA/ARCHAEA >CYANOBACTERIA (BLUE-GREEN ALGAE)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >FUNGI    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >PLANKTON >ZOOPLANKTON    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >PLANKTON >PHYTOPLANKTON    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >PLANKTON    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >BENTHIC HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >DEMERSAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >PELAGIC HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PROTISTS >AMOEBOIDS
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
OCEANS


Platform
SHIPS    [Information]
ROV >Remotely Operated Vehicles    [Information]


Instrument
VIDEO CAMERA    [Information]
CAMERA


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
VARS >Video Annotation and Reference System    [Information]


Quality
This data set has been used extensively for over 20 years by multiple researchers, both internal and external to MBARI, and has resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications thus far as well as countless exploratory, educational and public outreach projects.


Use Constraints
IMPORTANT Notes Regarding Data

Data Use Policy:
MBARI provides these data "as is", with no warranty, express or implied, of the data quality or consistency. It is provided without support and without obligation on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to assist in its use, correction, modification, or enhancement. For use in publication, authors should obtain written permission from MBARI's Director of Information and Technology Dissemination, Judith Connor, conn@mbari.org. Authors should acknowledge MBARI as the data source in those publications and provide reprints to the MBARI library. Also, it is generally expected that any science publication relying heavily on information or interpretation from one or more MBARI scientists or technicians will acknowledge those scientists, typically by including them as collaborators and co-authors when their contribution has been significant.

Exclusions:
MBARI typically embargoes annotation and related data for two years for internal quality control and analysis. In addition, extensions to this period are sometimes granted for specific data sets, which are still undergoing review and analysis for publication. In general, most of the annotations and related data older than two years are made available through data providers such as OBIS-USA as well as via the VARS Public Query system, but it should not be assumed that these data are representative of the entire MBARI video annotation database.

Quality Control:
Due to the nature of ROV video data collection and analysis, identifications of marine organisms may change over time based on new research findings, expanded collection ranges, or technological advances such as higher-resolution camera systems. Further, the data provided in MBARI's video annotation database are continuously undergoing updates to reflect quality control and other improvements.

For these reasons, no specific data sets obtained from the VARS Query system (or via secondary data providers such as OBIS-USA) should be considered for scientific publication without first obtaining appropriate written verification from MBARI. If you wish to contribute to (e.g., to suggest enhancements or corrections) or to use this data for scientific publication, we encourage you to contact MBARI to arrange any necessary data review and distribution.


Keywords
Video
Image
Observation
Annotation
Bryozoa
Porifera
Hemichordata
Annelida
Platyhelminthes
Echinodermata
Brachiopoda
Sipuncula
Mollusca
Chaetognatha
Chordata
Animalia
Echiura
Nemertea
Ctenophora
Cnidaria
Eubacteria
Sarcomastigophora
Plantae
Fungi
ROV Tiburon
ROV Ventana
R/V Point Lobos
R/V Western Flyer


Data Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.mbari.org/

Data Center Personnel
Name: JUDITH CONNOR
Phone: (831) 775-1728
Email: conn at mbari.org
Contact Address:
7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 93940
Country: USA


Personnel
JUDITH CONNOR
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (831) 775-1728
Email: conn at mbari.org
Contact Address:
7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 93940
Country: USA


Publications/References
Schlining B, Jacobsen Stout N. 2006. MBARI’s video annotation and reference system. In: Proceedings of the Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceans Conference, Boston, MA, p 1–5.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-12

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