March 20, 2018
Autonomous vehicles: the future of eddy exploration: Week 1 video
Posted by larryohanlon
By Thom Hoffman
Scientists and engineers from the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are exploring eddy features north of the Hawaiian Islands using a suite of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). These AUVs work in concert to find features inside the eddy and track and sample them for days, drastically improving data collection for the field of microbial oceanography.
This work is funded by Schmidt Ocean Institute, Simons Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Space/eddy visualization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.