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During RV Polarstern voyage PS117, under-ice observations were conducted with an instrumented Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) deployed directly from the ship. Collected time-stamped datastreams from the instrumented ROV include: ROV navigation data (heading, pitch, roll, position from an acoustic transponder system), under-ice video footage from the ROV camera and additional upward-looking video cameras, data from an upward-looking acoustic altimeter with integrated depth sensor (to measure the distance of the ROV to the sea-ice subsurface), under-ice hyperspectral irradiance and radiance data from two upward-looking radiometers, and time-stamped up-ward looking digital stills images to detect and quantify the abundance of herbivores at the ice-water interface.
Methods for data collection are broadly consistent with methods described in detail in the referenced publication.
Detailed observations of under-ice habitat characteristics in different sea-ice regimes of the Weddell Sea pack-ice zone through concomitant measurements of an ice algal biomass proxy (hyperspectral optical data) and imagery to determine ice-water interface herbivore abundance.
No major problems were encountered during data collection and analysis.
These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.
This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=AAS_4408_Remotely_Operated_Vehicle_Data when using these data.