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Slocum gliders, developed by Teledyne Webb Research, are being used at the Global, Pioneer and Endurance Arrays. (Photo by Paul Fucile, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

AUVs & Gliders

Mobile platforms provide oceanographers the means to deploy sensors and move them through space, both horizontally and vertically. OOI uses propeller-driven Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and buoyancy-driven gliders to meet the requirements for oceanographic sampling.

Two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) will be used to collect data in the general vicinity of the Pioneer Array. AUVs will operate unattended for extended durations, utilizing docking stations at the base of Pioneer Array Surface Moorings to offload data and recharge batteries between missions.
» Pioneer Array AUVs

Underwater gliders are autonomous vehicles that profile vertically by controlling buoyancy and move horizontally on wings. Within the CGSN,gliders will be employed for four general purposes: providing horizontal context to horizontally fixed platforms, providing adaptive sampling capability, acting in the mode of a profiling glider, collecting measurements in the uppermost water column, and communicating with subsurface instruments and relaying their data to shore via their satellite telemetry.
» Global gliders
» Coastal gliders