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AIMS, Liquid Robotics demo Wave Glider

10th October 2017 - 06:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has demonstrated how a high‐tech USV, the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, can improve monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef and coastal waters, the company announced on 5 October.

During a recently conducted seven‐day open-water mission, the vehicle covered 200 nautical miles including parts of North Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. This is the first major milestone of a five‐year joint research agreement between AIMS and the company.

The USV was deployed to help assess the health of the coral reefs and ecosystems. Powered by waves and sun while travelling along the ocean’s surface, the vehicle provides constant, real‐time environmental ocean data using a suite of on‐board sensors and software. Wave Glider can measure weather, wave heights, water salinity, pH levels and chlorophyll.

Lyndon Llewellyn, head of data and technology innovation, AIMS, said: ‘We are impressed with the number of different measurements it could conduct at the same time and its ability to transmit the data back to our base immediately and reliably while navigating and performing its mission.’

It is hoped that by using technology such as Wave Glider scientists will be able to measure atmosphere and water over long periods of time, as the system can operate at sea for several months at a time while following a programmed course or being piloted remotely.

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