AOS Seminar for Thursday, October 3 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Speaker: Jamie Griffith, Liquid Robotics, Inc.
Title: Wave Glider - Crossing the Pacific with an Autonomous Surface Craft
To address the challenges associated with collecting scientific data at sea, Liquid Robotics (LRI) has developed the Wave Glider, an autonomous surface craft that utilizes wave energy for forward propulsion. The Wave Glider is capable of long duration deployments of up to one year while providing real-time data on meteorological and oceanographic conditions. In November 2011, LRI deployed four Wave Gliders on a year long mission to cross the Pacific Ocean (the PacX) from San Francisco to Australia (two vehicles) or Japan (two vehicles) while transmitting data on weather conditions, wave profiles, sea surface temperatures, and biological conditions in real-time. This talk covers the PacX as a whole including successes and failures. It presents data from within a mid-ocean algal bloom, a tropical cyclone, and compares data from the onboard weather sensors with two moored NDBC buoys.