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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One of the targets for this exercise is a site called the Candyfloss Array. It is where an array of moored instruments is recording physical, chemical and biological properties 145 miles (235km) off...
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) news website – Planet Earth Online has produced their podcast of the week about the Exploring ocean fronts project. In this week's Planet Earth Podcast...
This week, the Exploring Ocean Fronts project is living up to its name, as our unmanned surface vehicles and submarine gliders continue to actively gather information from the open ocean far from...
After heading out in the glorious late summer sunshine at the end of September, the fleet of robotic vehicles has had to endure two severe storms with 70mph winds and 20ft waves. During these storms...

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