Researchers at the University of East Anglia in the U.K.'s Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences designed an unmanned surface vessel adapted to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations.
The five-meter-long, sensor-equipped AutoNaut is powered by solar panels and can withstand heavy seas.
It has been adapted to carry and release the underwater Seaglider, which is equipped with sensors to collect data for research on ocean processes important for climate.
Seagliders can reach depths of 1,000 meters and travel thousands of kilometers over a period of months.
Said East Anglia’s Karen Heywood, "Having sensors on both the AutoNaut and the Seaglider means we'll get simultaneous meteorological and oceanographic measurements, giving us a more detailed picture of conditions at the study site and helping to further our understanding of factors affecting our climate."
From University of East Anglia, U.K.
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