Enviromental Surveys

A full environmental survey of an area with respect to a wide range of parameters (temperature, clarity-turbidity, acidity, salinity, etc.) and the observed biological diversity, coupled with its seabed topography and geology, is needed to form an understanding of the ecological balance, so that a data-driven consideration can be given to future management of the region, particularly with regards to the likely impact of any proposed developments.

Environmental monitoring surveys are the key source of information to enable the Environmental Impact Assessment to study the effects of such activities/events as:

  • Seismic surveying
  • Offshore construction projects, including pipe/cable laying and burial
  • Wind farms and other energy-harnessing devices installation
  • Coastal engineering/construction projects
  • Port development
  • Dredging & dumping
  • Industrial fishing
  • Marine Pollution

SAMUS understands that Turkish territorial seas represent a complex environment due to its rich diversity of native species and their habitats found in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing coastal regions. We are here to help in ensuring the sustainable development of the coastal zones and management of the marine resources while honoring our duty of care for the marine ecology.

Our team can help the authorities to monitor and control the indicators of the environmental safety of the seaports, nearshore construction sites, and Oil & Gas industry structures and facilities which are adjacent to the sensitive water areas as well as to develop the ecological restoration and conservation programs.

The key feature of SAMUS’s monitoring missions is that we operate autonomous unmanned survey platforms to collect various types of underwater data allowing us to accurately monitor our aquatic environments whilst minimizing the ecological impact – carbon footprint, compared to a standard survey vessel carbon emission. In addition to standard survey techniques, SAMUS can also offer a use of an airborne drone (unmanned aerial vehicle – UAV) equipped with multi-spectral cameras in order to allow capturing of the detailed spatial overview of the sediment plume – elevated suspended particulate matter concentration in the water resulting from dredging activities.


SAMUS uses ultra-high-resolution sonars to image the seafloor giving our clients the ability to examine an environment where valued aquatic species live, achieving better understanding of the flora and fauna and the protection measures that needed to be introduced prior an offshore or costal development could commence. The level of protection that exists (currently active marine protected areas) can be overlaid and analyzed with other relevant spatial layers based on the data gathered by SAMUS (such as seagrass distribution and the locations of various biotic habitats) in order to validate if the established preservation measures are still adequate and fully cover the actual extent of the subsea area to be protected.