Deployments in extreme conditions: Pushing the boundaries of Seaglider capabilities.

Queste, Bastien Y., Heywood, Karen J., Kaiser, Jan, Lee, Gareth A., Matthews, Adrian, Schmidtko, Sunke , Walker-Brown, Christopher and Woodward, Stephen W. (2012) Deployments in extreme conditions: Pushing the boundaries of Seaglider capabilities. [Paper] In: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), 2012 IEEE/OES. , 24.-27.09.2012, Southampton, UK . 2012 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). ; pp. 1-7 . DOI 10.1109/AUV.2012.6380740. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), 2012 IEEE/OES .

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Over the last couple of decades, autonomous underwater vehicles have become a powerful tool in the investigation of biological, chemical and physical oceanography. Not only do they complement existing technologies, they open up new avenues of investigation through their specific capabilities. For AUVs to benefit from the same success other long term monitoring platforms have had (moorings, ARGO), it is critical to understand their limits in both monitoring and process studies. We present results from several Seaglider deployments by the University of East Anglia where Seagliders were pushed to the limit of their abilities. Comparison of missions in extreme conditions at the limits of their depth range (70 to 1000 m) and battery life shows a need for tailored survey design and flight parameters in order to maximise mission duration, control over the Seaglider and most efficient science sampling. In particular, we look at post-processing of Seaglider data and present aspects of a new MATLAB toolbox which greatly improves on timestamp correction of Seaglider data by accounting for errors introduced by using a single thread processor.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicles; environmental monitoring (geophysics); microprocessor chips; oceanographic equipment; AUV; MATLAB toolbox; University of East Anglia; autonomous underwater vehicles; battery life; biological oceanography; chemical oceanography; extreme conditions; flight parameters; long term monitoring platforms; mission duration maximisation; physical oceanography; science sampling; seaglider capabilities; seaglider control; seaglider data post-processing; seaglider deployments; single thread processor; timestamp correction; Batteries; Educational institutions; Marine vehicles; Monitoring; Ocean temperature; Sea surface
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1109/AUV.2012.6380740
ISSN: 1522-3167
Projects: NERC, GROOM
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 07:12
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 07:12

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