Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics and NOAA Collaborate on Ocean Observation Project

SeaDiscovery.com
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Long-life subsea logging node Fetch was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider uploaded the logged data via its high speed acoustic modem, transmitting it to shore via satellite.

In early August off the east coast of America, a team from Sonardyne International Ltd., Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded the second leg of an extensive ocean observation technology demonstration project. Using Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensor nodes and a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the project was performed in collaboration with MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System), NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and managed by NOAA US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office with the objective to test new long endurance ocean observation instruments that have been designed to work in tandem. The results were displayed at the recent MTS/IEEE Oceans 2013 conference and exhibition in San Diego, California.

The Fetch node was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure, and the Tsunami sensor in 8,000 feet, while the Wave Glider recorded data on the wind, waves, water temperature and salinity as it transited between the two sensors. Once the Wave Glider was stationed above the location of each instrument, it acoustically uploaded both real-time and logged data which was then transmitted onwards via satellite to shore-based operators for analysis.

Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensors are long-life subsea sensor logging nodes that enable data to be extracted on demand from platforms such as Wave Glider via their integrated high speed acoustic modems. Fetch can be configured with an array of different sensors dependent on the monitoring application with standard sensors including high accuracy pressure, temperature and sound velocity. The Wave Glider itself is an autonomous ocean observing platform designed to support a wide variety of sensor payloads. Capable of travelling long distances and monitoring vast areas without refueling, Wave Gliders can transmit data via radio satellite without ever requiring a ship to leave port, thereby dramatically reducing risk and survey costs.

Kim Swords, Sales and Application Engineer at Sonardyne commented, “This type of collaboration represents a highly economical and expedient method of evaluating new ocean research technologies. The data we have been able to collect will help us better understand and predict what is happening in our waters and could improve our ability to predict and detect incoming tsunamis. For example, the tsunami sensor captured the small seismic event that occurred off the East Coast on June 13 and using this technology, we have been able to upload the data and transmit it on to investigating scientists at minimal effort and cost.”

sonardyne.com
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Ill-Considered Energy Policies Threaten US Navy: Report

The United States government has pursued energy policies based on “the mistaken belief in the unproven science that claims carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning

NCL Spotlights Eco-Smart Cruising Program

On Earth Day, Norwegian Cruise Line NCL) celebrated key achievements from the past year that, as a part of its Eco-Smart Cruising program, help preserve the world's oceans.

BP Gulf Spill Trial Set For January

The high-stakes penalty phase of BP's trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said on Tuesday,

News

GEIMS Maritime Training accorded highest grade from DGS

Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS) is now the first approved maritime training Institution in India to achieve the 'outstanding (A1)' grade. The

BP Gulf Spill Trial Set For January

The high-stakes penalty phase of BP's trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said on Tuesday,

Canada To Keep Keystone XL Issue Alive With White House

Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canadawould keep the issue alive with the Obama

Marine Science

Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School to partner Old Dominion University

The Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU) will take place tomorrow (23rd April) at 3101 Washington Ave.

Time Charter of DP-1 Research Vessel Fixed

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that Stabbert Maritime of Seattle has time chartered the U.S. flag, DP-1, research vessel Ocean Pioneer (ex: Seabulk Montana,

World Petroleum Congress to be held in Moscow

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, has confirmed that the 21st World Petroleum Congress will be held in Moscow from 15 – 19 June 2014.

Surveyors

NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season

New data will update nautical charts around the country. As sure as spring arrives, NOAA vessels and independent contractors are hitting the seas for the nation's

Marine Robots Survey D-Day Rehearsal Wreckage

Mission commemorates 70th anniversary of World War II Tragedy. A mission off the coast of South Devon, England has surveyed two U.S. Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs)

NOAA Certifies More Printing Agents

The availability of paper "print-on-demand" nautical charts continues to expand, as NOAA's Office of Coast Survey has added three more printing companies to its

Ocean Observation

Time Charter of DP-1 Research Vessel Fixed

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that Stabbert Maritime of Seattle has time chartered the U.S. flag, DP-1, research vessel Ocean Pioneer (ex: Seabulk Montana,

BP Spill Compensation Battles Rage On

BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid; Oil still appearing on beaches in Gulf of Mexico. Company says claims process is flawed, not all oil from spill.

US: $4B in Loan Aid for Renewable Energy

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2163 sec (5 req/sec)