Ian Tomcho

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2016


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the viability of GoPro, Inc. camera systems as effective, practical, and unique (i.e., application and capture) instruments for field-based marine research. Data were collected through field observations of camera use and by eliciting feedback from ten, diverse experts via an open-ended questionnaire. These questionnaire responses and personal observations were then analyzed to identify camera limitations and possible solutions to meet the unique needs of marine scientists. Results generally indicated that the GoPro HERO is a valuable instrument for observational research in coastal marine settings, with some limitations. Elements of product design, functionality, and performance were assessed to determine what, if any, improvements could be made for increased use to support scientific goals. The goal is to improve the potential uses of GoPro’s by the scientific community.


Department: MES

MPS Track: ECS

Location: National Park Service, Dry Tortugas National Park, GoPro Inc.

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