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Epic undersea data gathering journey from Australia to Sri Lanka begins

Nov 05, 2016 18:58 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Australian and US scientists have launched a hi-tech autonomous underwater vehicle that will gather undersea data during a year long journey from Fremantle, to Galle in Sri Lanka, helping better understand and predict ocean climate.

Scientists from the University of Western Australia and Rutgers University in the US will use a Teledyne Webb Slocum 'electric glider' to gather data on ocean currents, temperature, and salinity.

"The research will be able to assist in predicating ocean trends in the future," Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the University of Western Australia said in a statement.

"This will be helpful for mariners and shipping routes, but most importantly it’s to look at how the ocean climate is changing.

"This will be helpful for mariners and shipping routes, but most importantly it’s to look at how the ocean climate is changing.

"We want to collect data across the ocean basins and see how the temperature and salinity changes with depth. We are then able to compare previous measurements taken 40 years ago and see how the ocean has changed."

The vehicle will travel about 25 to 35 kilometres a day, while gliding up and down in a sawtooth pattern collecting data at different depths, the University of Western Australia said in a statement.

Sensors on board the 2.2 metre Teledyne Webb Slocum electric glider with gather data on the move and transmit to researchers when it surfaces.

The electric glider will take up to a year to travel from Australia to Sri Lanka's Galle. It will then attempt to circumnavigate the rim of the Indian Ocean, taking a further two years.

The project is backed by Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). (Colombo/Nov05/2016)

 


 

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