CLASS enhances the observing infrastructure through the development of new sensors for biogeochemistry and biological measurements, and through improvements in the observing systems.

Sensor and systems for robotic sensing of the ocean

NOC and SMRU lead innovation in ocean observation through the development of new autonomous technologies. We are building on existing successes to deliver science-ready and commercialisation-ready technology, including carbonate system and biological sensors and platforms. We are working to ensure new sensors are deployed on a range of platforms such as marine mammal tags and autonomous vehicles. This includes biogeochemical sensors on the global Argo float array and surface vehicles for air-sea flux determination.

CLASS technology development is improving our ability to understand biogeochemical cycles, the biological carbon pump, air-sea CO2 flux, productivity, ecosystem health, and human health risks. We are working to improve the cost effectiveness of the ocean observing system, improve data quality, whilst reducing reliance on research vessels and manual sampling.

Sensors we are developing for key climate parameters

  • Methane
  • pH and Total Alkalinity
  • Flow Cytometer
  • Molecular sampler – eDNA
  • Micro-CTD on marine mammal tags

Development in platforms and observing systems

  • Improved communication and data flow
  • Improved energy harvesting