Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Autonomous sensors for marine research and maritime homeland security

Larry Langebrake
University of South Florida, Center for Ocean Technology

Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

The past decade has seen significant advances in autonomous systems for the marine environment. The push to build ocean observatories, refine sensing capabilities and make available high bandwidth digital infrastructure is beginning to show results. Autonomous platforms and sensors can provide data gathering capability enabling observation over large areas without the need for ships/towed sensing gear. Further, the technology (in some cases) has application in maritime security. The dual-use aspect of autonomous underwater systems and sensors can provide avenues for further research and development; benefits for both research and security can be realized. The current status of instruments being developed at the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology will be presented. A general overview of technical basis and recent results is included in the review.

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