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Saildrone goes chasing hurricanes in the Caribbean
Though some folks chase storms for the thrill, and others out of curiosity, there are also those who pursue severe weather events for scientific purposes. And it's the lattermost pursuit that will see a small fleet of unmanned surface vehicles deliberately head into hurricane territory.
Scientists hope to steer robotic surfboards into hurricanes
For decades, atmospheric scientists have targeted hurricanes by land, sea and air, flying airplanes into their cores to collect measurements from the belly of the beast. Now, a joint venture between Saildrone Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking a new approach: drive winged, robotic surfboards into the path of an approaching storm. Chris Meinig is quoted.
Robot Measures Air-Sea Carbon Dioxide Exchange in Southern Ocean
Unique air and ocean surface observations of the Southern Ocean from a 22,000 km, 196-day circumnavigation around Antarctica by an Uncrewed Surface Vehicle. Highlights recent publication by Adrienne Sutton et al. in Geophysical Research Letters.
Ocean-Going Robots Poised to Enter Bering Sea to Start Unconventional Fisheries Survey
Scientists implement a contingency plan to collect valuable abundance data to support sustainable management of the largest commercial fishery in the United States.
Autonomous Vehicles Help Scientists Estimate Fish Abundance While Protecting Human Health and Safety
Scientists are capitalizing on existing technological capabilities and partnerships to collect fisheries data. This will help fill the information gap resulting from the cancellation of FY20 ship-based surveys due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NOAA Fisheries plans to use autonomous surface vehicles to collect some critically needed data to support management of the nation’s largest commercial fishery for Alaska pollock. Eugene Burger, ITAE, and EDD are featured.