SEA-SERPENT Deep-Sea Research Program

A team lead by Prof David Booth from the University of Technology, Sydney, is partnering with a consortium of academic institutions such as the University of Wollongong, University of Western Australia, University of Sydney and representatives of the oil and gas industry for example Woodside petroleum, Santos, Chevron ENI to study deep sea habitats and their interaction with the oil and gas industry. The research involves scientists visiting offshore rigs, where they work with rig ROV (remote operated vehicle) staff to video, record and collect encrusting sponges that are rich sources of medicines.

The SERPENT (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology) deep-sea research project aims to make the advanced ROV technology and data more available to the world’s scientific community, share knowledge and progress deep-sea research. The programme interacts with science and conservation groups globally to communicate the project to the public, increasing the awareness of the fragile marine resources in the ecosystems today.

The SEA - SERPENT team

A few of the SEA-SERPENT team