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Sailboat-Like Drone Helps NOAA Study the Arctic Ecosystem

July 14, 2016

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.

Link: Sailboat-Like Drone Helps NOAA Study the Arctic Ecosystem

NWS Alaska supports NOAA research campaign

July 08, 2016

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. 

Link: NWS Alaska supports NOAA research campaign

Unmanned ‘Saildrones’ Depart Once Again from Dutch Harbor on Bering Sea Data-Gathering Mission

June 13, 2016

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.

Link: Unmanned ‘Saildrones’ Depart Once Again from Dutch Harbor on Bering Sea Data-Gathering Mission

Unmanned Vessels Deployed for Alaska Ocean Research

June 03, 2016

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.

Link: Unmanned Vessels Deployed for Alaska Ocean Research

Siberian erosion, river runoff speed up Arctic Ocean acidification

April 24, 2016

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.

Link: Siberian erosion, river runoff speed up Arctic Ocean acidification

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