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Image is everything.

The California Undersea Imagery Archive was founded on the principle that a picture (or image) is literally ‘worth a thousand words’ and with the understanding that imagery can be mined to answer new questions long after the original project is complete. It is composed of still and videographic imagery collected by a variety of platforms, including remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), human-occupied vehicles (HOVs), towed camera sleds, SCUBA diver-operated video (DOV), as well as multi-beam and sidescan sonar. The imagery derives from a variety of projects conducted across the state ranging from the nearshore to the continental slope, including baseline characterization and long-term monitoring of the State’s marine protected area network and research on demersal fishes and invertebrates.

The Archive was created with generous support from the California Ocean Protection Council and includes imagery paid for by state, federal and private sources. To find imagery that suits your needs, visit our Imagery Database page for a detailed list of all of the imagery we have currently cataloged, and/or explore our Map of Imagery page that displays all of the entries in our archive where they were collected along the coast of California. Once you find what you are looking for, fill out an Imagery Request Form and follow the submission instructions. Check out our Projects page for inspiration from research publications that have utilized Archive imagery.

Find what you need

Map of Imagery

A map of the study areas (including transects and/or camera deployments) displays information on transects by their location

Imagery Database

A comprehensive list and download instructions for all the imagery included in the archive.


Examples of projects that utilized imagery from the archive.

Contact us

Thank you for your interest in the Archive. If you require film or digital copies, please contact us and we will schedule a time for you to come. If you have any questions about the imagery, how it may be applied to your project, or other wish to learn more about the Archive, send us an email and we will get back to you.

California Undersea Imagery Archive