Enabling discovery based science with webb Gliders

Oscar Schofield, Josh Kohut, Hugh Roarty, Scott Glenn, Clayton Jones, Doug Webb

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1 Scopus citations

Abstract

Buoyancy driven Slocum Gliders were a vision of Douglas Webb, which Henry Stommel championed in a futuristic vision published in 1989. Slocum Gliders have transitioned from a concept to a technology serving basic research and environmental stewardship. The long duration and low operating costs of Gliders allow them to anchor spatial time series. Large distances, over 600 kilometers, can be covered using a single set of alkaline batteries. Since the initial tests, a wide range of physical and optical sensors have been integrated into the Glider allowing measurements of temperature, salinity, depth averaged currents, surface currents, fluorescence, apparent and inherent optical properties. The ability to operate Gliders for extended periods of time are making them the central in situ technology for the evolving ocean observatories. Off shore New Jersey Gliders have occupied a cross shelf transect and has documented the annual variability in shelf wide stratification on the Mid-Atlantic Bight and the role of storms in sediment resuspension. The sustained data permits scientists to gather regional data critical to addressing if, and how, the oceans are changing. One of next major regions we will use this technology is to study the climate induced impacts on the food webs along the West Antarctic Peninsula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUS/EU-Baltic International Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationOcean Observations, Ecosystem-Based Management and Forecasting - Provisional Symposium Proceedings, BALTIC
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventUS/EU-Baltic International Symposium: Ocean Observations, Ecosystem-Based Management and Forecasting, BALTIC - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: May 27 2008May 29 2008

Publication series

NameUS/EU-Baltic International Symposium: Ocean Observations, Ecosystem-Based Management and Forecasting - Provisional Symposium Proceedings, BALTIC

Other

OtherUS/EU-Baltic International Symposium: Ocean Observations, Ecosystem-Based Management and Forecasting, BALTIC
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period5/27/085/29/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

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