The present generation of oceanographic field programs is fundamentally limited by too
few measurements, taken too slowly, at too great a cost. One approach to provide more
extensive access to the ocean is to use robotic mobile platforms to characterize the ocean
at different spatial and temporal resolutions. A range of mobile platforms is under
development, from relatively fast survey vehicles to much slower, but longer endurance
buoyancy-driven systems. However, design of sampling strategies to make the best use of
many mobile platforms remains an unsolved problem for all but the simplest circumstances.
Such strategies are necessary because even with the increase in sensing capability
provided by many small platforms, most processes will still be undersampled. Thus the
emerging challenge is to determine the most effective use of available observational
assets to obtain the desired information, given the physics of the phenomena under study
and the constraints of the platforms and sensors available.
This talk reviews some emerging paradigms for employing Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
(AUVs) and presents results from field experiments.
down versus bottom up: What affects common murres the most?
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