360˚ Video: Deploying the VPR from Deck

The crew of RV Thomas G. Thompson deploys a video plankton recorder (VPR) in July 2019 on the Shelfbreak Productivity Interdisciplinary Research Operation at the Pioneer Array (SPIROPA) expedition.

The VPR is an underwater video microscope system that that takes images of plankton and particulate matter as small as 50 microns and up to a few centimeters in size. The instrument is used to help scientists quickly measure the distributional patterns of plankton without destroying their delicate forms, as can happen when using nets and bottles.

Video by ScienceMedia.nl

Learn more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fgzS9PPcnM
https://www.whoi.edu/what-we-do/explore/instruments/instruments-sensors-samplers/video-plankton-recorder-vpr/?id=1007
http://science.whoi.edu/users/olga/SPIROPA/SPIROPA.html