National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2010

An autonomous mobile platform for underway surface carbon measurements in open-ocean and coastal waters

Willcox, S., C. Meinig, C.L. Sabine, N. Lawrence-Slavas, T. Richardson, R. Hine, and J. Manley

In OCEANS 2009, Marine Technology for Our Future: Global and Local Challenges, MTS/IEEE, Biloxi, MS, 26–29 October 2009 (2010)

The NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Liquid Robotics, Inc., are collaborating to address an urgent need for long-term in-situ observation of carbon parameters over broad swathes of the global coastal and open ocean by integrating a suite of state-of-the-art pCO2, pH, and CTD sensors onto a Wave Glider wave-propelled autonomous marine vehicle (AMV). The resulting Biogeochemical Wave Glider will be capable both of acting as a long-duration (up to 1 year) “virtual mooring” to augment the existing sparse collection of moored carbon science sensors and of conducting autonomous, basin-scale ocean transits to provide new insight into the spatial variability of carbon uptake and associated parameters.

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