Unmanned ocean vehicles: tools for the development of ocean industries
Three unmanned ocean vehicles (gliders) will be deployed outside Bodø during week 10 (5 – 11 March). The vehicles will be operating on the Norwegian shelf, in Vestfjorden and outside the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands.
In 2017 the vehicles were tested in the same area, deployed outside Sandnessjøen in August and retrieved outside Bodø in September.
The vehicles are a diving Seaglider™ (Kongsberg Maritime AS), a Sailbuoy (Offshore Sensing AS) and a Wave Glider (Maritime Robotics AS). These are energy efficient platforms taking advantage of energy from waves, wind and solar power. The vehicles are equipped with a GPS, and programmed and navigated from land. Each vehicle carries a variety of sensors for the collection of chemical, physical and biological ocean and atmospheric data. The sensors provide continuous measurements of weather, waves, currents, temperature, salinity, O₂, CO₂, marine algae, animal plankton, fish fry, fish and marine mammals. The Glider project will collect a vast amount of met-ocean and environmental data in time and space at lower cost as traditional sampling. The collected data will partly be transmitted via satellite, where they can be analyzed in near real-time, and in part be stored on board the vehicles and downloaded on certain intervals.
Reference: Salve Dahle, Director Akvaplan-niva AS.
Phone: +47 90649490.
Salve Dahle, Director Akvaplan-niva AS.