Project Manager: Drew Gashler
Lead Scientist: John Ryan
Lead Engineer: Farley Shane
Based on a thorough determination of functional requirements, the goal of this project is to design a water acquisition system to be integrated with the MBARI AUV. The objectives are to design a system that meets the needs of a multidisciplinary subset of applications and to begin testing by the end of 2004.
Many important applications require water samples for analysis; for example, plankton populations and materials transported into the coastal ocean from estuarine and fresh water systems, or from deep shelf waters into the euphotic zone. AUV onboard intelligence provides a unique opportunity to strategically acquire water samples within the interpretive context and real-time decision matrix of AUV sensor measurements. Intelligent water sampling with the AUV would allow scientists to more thoroughly address coastal water quality concerns, such as harmful algal blooms, biological and chemical contaminants, and nutrients.