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Saildrones take to Alaska seas

Following the successful exploration of the Bering Sea by unmanned surface vehicle recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to redeploy the saildrones, outfitting them with a suite of meteorological and oceanographic sensors to explore fish populations. According to a recent award notice, the saildrones will be equipped with echosounders for use in applied fisheries management in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.

NOAA wishes to collect data on conductivity, sea temperature, wind, air temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll fluorescence, according to the performance work statement .  The data will be tagged with a GPS time and position, and fed back to NOAA via Iridium satellite communication links.  The system architecture will segregate vehicle housekeeping data from scientific data and format the data for exfiltration and post-processing,  NOAA said. 

The saildrones will be deployed for about 3 months.  

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Jun 04, 2015 at 12:22 PM


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