Welcome to DeepSlope Explorations

DeepSlope Explorations is an ocean technology commercialization company creating monitoring tools that solve global real-world problems cost-effectively. Integrating state-of-the-art technologies in imaging, data processing, data visualization and transmission, its current focus is re-activating a patented biomonitoring methodology. The ‘Marine Canary’ has broad early warning potential in discovering a wide range of environmental stressors in coastal areas and extending to deep blue waters.

The “DeepSlope” brand has evolved from the 6000m version of Lobsiger Associates’ early ‘80s smart underwater cameras. Configured with time-lapse and event-sensor capabilities, these precision instruments could be deployed over extended time periods, nurturing the philosophy that still guides the company: non-invasive documentation of dynamic marine processes – the observing tool becoming part of the ecosystem.

Marine Canary

DeepSlope Explorations, Ulrich Lobsiger

US Patent 6,119,630


The present invention relates to early warning systems for monitoring coastal water quality, and more particularly, it relates to a portable submersible apparatus for in situ monitoring the quality of habitat of aquatic organisms, or for in situ detecting lethal and sublethal pollution in inland or sea water.


An installation for in situ monitoring the quality of a habitat of aquatic organisms with minimal disturbance to the aquatic organisms. In a first aspect of the present invention, the monitoring installation uses invertebrate sentinel species such as mussels, clams, oysters and scallops. The monitoring installation comprises broadly, a buoy; a mooring and a monitoring apparatus comprising; a framework having an upper end connected to the buoy and a lower end connected to the mooring. There is also provided a camera attached to the framework. The camera is adapted for underwater operation and has image data generating and transmitting capabilities for transmitting a number of images to a remote receiver. A support structure is detachably mounted to the framework and has rotary retainers for movably supporting one or more socks of mollusks in front of the camera.

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