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Sailboat-Like Drone Helps NOAA Study the Arctic Ecosystem
Drones are changing the way we look at coastlines. In a conference call on Thursday about the use of drones in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jessica N. Cross, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, talked about the use of Saildrone, a sailboat-sized, commercially produced UAV in monitoring populations of fish and other information about the changing oceans in the Arctic.
NWS Alaska supports NOAA research campaign
NWS Alaska team is providing decision support to a group of NOAA researchers studying upper-ocean changes in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Meteorologists with the Alaska Sea Ice Program (ASIP) and the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU) are helping NOAA research scientists and pilots make informed decisions about where to fly and where to deploy ocean observing instrumentation for the Arctic Heat Open Science Experiment.
Unmanned ‘Saildrones’ Depart Once Again from Dutch Harbor on Bering Sea Data-Gathering Mission
The innovative Saildrones, developed by Saildrone Inc, have once again been deployed to the Bering Sea, taking the place of manned vessels to gather information from areas that are generally inaccessible to full-sized research vessels, and are able to operate in a more cost-effective way.
Unmanned Vessels Deployed for Alaska Ocean Research
Researchers in the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast will get help this summer from drones, but not the kind that fly. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and private researchers are gathering data on marine mammals, fish and ocean conditions from two "autonomous sailing vessels" built by Saildrone, an Alameda, California, company.
Siberian erosion, river runoff speed up Arctic Ocean acidification
As Siberian permafrost thaws, crumbling Russian coastlines and big rivers flowing north along eroding banks are dumping vast loads of organic carbon into marine waters there, causing much quicker acidification than had been anticipated and signaling future danger for the entire Arctic Ocean.