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An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane
To improve future tropical cyclone forecasts, researchers sent a remotely operated saildrone into the extreme winds and towering waves around the eye of a category 4 hurricane. Written by Gregory R. Foltz, Chidong Zhang, Christian Meinig, Jun A. Zhang and Dongxiao Zhang
The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2021
The year in ocean news brought about quite a few surprises, including the discovery of a self-decapitating sea slug and the return to popularity of sea shanties. We learned that whales poop a lot more than previously thought and that their excrement is essential for ocean ecosystems, and that even large sharks can glow. Technology allowed us to reach the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the eye of a hurricane and a whole lot more. The Saildrone/PMEL/AOML Atlantinc Hurricane Mission is listed.
Saildrone heads to the Gulf Stream to investigate carbon uptake in the ocean
After sending a fleet of self-sailing drones into the path of Hurricane Sam to help improve forecast models, Saildrone has now launched three uncrewed surface vehicles into the Gulf Stream winter to gather data on carbon uptake in the ocean. PMEL designed ASVCO2 system is mentioned.
This unbelievable video shows what the inside of a hurricane looks like
For the first time, a surface drone captured footage of a Category 4 hurricane’s 50-foot waves and 120-mph winds. Chris Meinig is quoted.
Autonomous "Saildrones" built to survive hurricanes and provide unprecedented data
A 1500 pound, solar-powered craft will sail into the eyewalls of future hurricanes and report back data that could improve the ability of scientists to predict where storms will make landfall and at what strength. CBS News senior environmental correspondent Ben Tracy has the details. This video features NOAA PMEL/AOML joint research mission.