Researchers are preparing to send forth a swarm of underwater gliders for a mission to explore the tropical Atlantic. Information on temperature, salinity, oxygen and chlorophyll content as well as the turbidity of the sea water will be measured and sent back to the scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) in Kiel, Germany.
As reported on the website at IFM-GEOMAR, “A very successful mission using a single glider took place between August and October 2009 in the Atlantic Ocean, south of the Cape Verde Islands. The robot carried out measurements along a more than 1000 kilometres long track autonomously, before it was recovered by the German research vessel METEOR. The data collected are accessible online at http://gliderweb.ifm-geomar.de/html/ifm03_depl05_frame.html.”
Now a fleet of these torpedo-like craft will venture out to document the ocean properties in the tropical Atlantic. Read the entire story from TG Daily at the link below, and then see all other articles on this in the other stories link.
Europe's largest fleet of underwater robot gliders is about to embark on its first research mission in the tropical Atlantic. The gliders, operated by ...
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Robot gliders take to the seas
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:39:15 GMT