Deploying Autonomous Surface Vessels to Advance Marine and Environmental Health Research in the Philippines

The University of California Berkeley (UCB), College of Natural Resources and the Berkeley Water Center are collaborating with the University of the Philippines (UPD) Marine Science Institute to better measure and model marine water quality and environmental health issues in the Philippines.

Our research centers on the use of autonomous surface vessels (ASV) to collect a wide range of spatially referenced data (meteorological, oceanographic, acoustic, photographic, and multiple water-quality parameters) which can be complemented with water samples and lab-based analyses as well as satellite and other remote sensed data.

 

Research and data collection at two coastal sites focus on natural and anthropogenic runoff, effluent, and other factors, including submarine groundwater discharges and antimicrobial resistant bacteria, which are suspected to be associated with nutrient fluxes, harmful algal blooms, and other factors that impact recreational water quality and environmental health. Research and data collection at an open-ocean site in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is focused on fishing and other activities which impact water quality and marine biodiversity (fish and coral reef systems).

Project Team

                                                                           

Dr. Caroline Jaraula                                                                Dr. Vincent Resh                                   

PH Principal Investigator                                                       UC Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, UPD                                                       Professor, UCB

 

                                                 

Dr. Cesar Villanoy                                                                     Dr. Thomas Azwell

PH Co-Project Leader                                                              UC Co-Project Director

Professor, UPD                                                                            Project Scientist, UCB

 

                                                   

Dr. Gil Jacinto                                                                                Dr. Alasdair Cohen

PH Co-Project Leader                                                                 UC Co-Project Director

Professor, UPD                                                                              Project Scientist, UCB

 


This research is funded by the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) grant: “Deploying Autonomous Research Vessels to Advance Marine and Environmental Health Monitoring and Data Collection in the Philippines”