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Research project

Monitoring the pattern and impact of vessel mobility on underwater cultural heritage

Project overview

This project will scope whether vessel tracking AIS datasets in combination with satellite remote sensing and passive acoustic data can assess the impact of vessel mobility on underwater cultural heritage (UCH). It will establish new methodologies as a pilot project prior to applying for a larger grant. The pilot project will be completed in the Solent region, which is an ideal test site as it has: a) dense marine traffic including a range of vessels and activities, b) a rich UCH record including protected wrecks, and c) data availability, including AIS, extensive satellite remote sensing (e.g. Sentinels 1 and 2, Landsat), high-resolution seafloor mapping, as well as new passive acoustic data collected by seabed hydrophones.


Lead researcher

Dr Crystal El Safadi

Associate Professor Maritime Archaeology

Research interests

  • Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring
  • Maritime Cultural Heritage
  • Geospatial Data and Mapping
Other researchers

Dr Alexandra Karamitrou PhD

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence and Image processing algorithms 
  • Geophysical Archaeology
  • Image Processing techniques

Professor Fraser Sturt

Professor of Archaeology

Research interests

  • Maritme Archaeology
  • Geomatics
  • Evaluation methods

Professor Jonathan Bull

Professor in Ocean & Earth Science

Research interests

  • Fluid Flow and Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Monitoring, Measurement and Verification
  • Marine Geophysics
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