Under the Antarctic Treaty, the site of the Endurance is considered an historic monument. That means that no part of the ship may be disturbed, ruling out the collection of any samples, even for research purposes. Scientists across disciplines as diverse as archeology, biology, and material sciences will be using the imagery data from Endurance22 to further our knowledge of the natural world.
The Endurance22 images captured by the Optim SeaCam demonstrate the potential for future uses of HD and 4K imaging in scientific research and discovery.
The ability to capture high quality imaging data from sensitive environments like this provides scientists with an avenue for non-destructive research, broadening our understanding of these formerly out-of- reach places while ensuring they remain protected.
Already, marine archaeologists and biologists are combing through the video returned from the expedition to learn more about the wreck site, the life that now calls it home, and the unique environment in the cold, dark depths of the Southern Ocean.
Furthermore, studio-grade imaging at 4K provides storytellers with the means to engage and educate the public on discoveries like the wreck of the Endurance and their significance. This fall, National Geographic’s Explorer series will release a documentary on National Geographic Channels and Disney+ chronicling the Endurance22 Expedition featuring video and photogrammetric data collected of the wreck.