For more than 6 years VENUS has been deploying and operating various camera systems on its network collecting imagery from Saanich Inlet and Strait of Georgia. Growing interest from the research community that rely on visual data from the deep ocean to conduct their experiments have led VENUS to expand the selection of cameras installed on the network. As of December 2011, VENUS operates 4 cameras – two in Saanich Inlet and two in the Strait of Georgia.
The 8 megapixel “DISCo” camera in Saanich Inlet is similar in specifications to the first-ever deployed on VENUS C-MAP CYCLOPS camera. However, DISCo has an improved web-enabled interface to control the camera settings. Since its deployment in December 2011, the camera has been busy taking imagery for a group of researchers in Italy, Spain and Canada and has collected more 4,500 photos. All imagery is available online – login to the VENUS Data Archive.