Robotic Exploration of Ocean Fronts

Welcome to Exploring Ocean Fronts, a pioneering multi-partner project exploring around and up to the UK continental shelf using a fleet of innovative marine robots. With new Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and submarine gliders, the multi-phase project has seen the largest single deployment of marine autonomous systems ever seen in the UK. These field trials are providing valuable insight into UK shelf seas and the marine life they support, gathering environmental data, and feeding back vital information on how the different vehicles perform separately and together in preparation for future scientific applications.

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A fleet of ten marine robots has successfully completed an ambitious two-week mission off northwest Scotland, despite being hit by a succession of Atlantic storms with winds gusting up to 60 mph and...
The next phase of the project, an ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. This latest phase sees the largest fleet of vehicles to be...
The mission saw an unmanned underwater glider travel to an area around 50 miles to the south west of Wales called the Celtic Deep, which is a haven for wildlife but also an extremely busy shipping...
Today begins phase three of the Exploring Ocean Fronts project, which is the latest in a series of ambitious marine robotic vehicle trials off the UK coast. This new phase will see the National...

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