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Bone-chilling temperatures, biting winds, and rapidly changing sea ice conditions make the Chukchi Sea off Point Barrow, Alaska, a particularly challenging place to work. And then there are the curious neighbors - towering polar bears that periodically stop by camp unannounced.
Taking a page out of a science fiction story, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Webb Research Corporation (Falmouth, Mass.) have successfully flown the first environmentally powered robotic vehicle through the ocean. The new robotic “glider” harvests heat energy from the ocean to propel itself across thousands of kilometers of water.
Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes Preliminary Design Review for New Scientific Research Mini-Sub
Lockheed Martin recently completed a Preliminary Design Review for the Replacement Human Occupied Vehicle (RHOV), a next generation three-person Deep Submergence Vehicle that will be used by the U.S. scientific community.
In the summer of 2007, engineers from WHOI’s Deep Submergence Laboratory proved they could operate an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) beneath Arctic ice.
WHOI Awards Lockheed Martin $2.8 Million Contract to Design Submersible Replacement Human Occupied Vehicle
WHOI has awarded Lockheed Martin a $2.8 million contract for the initial design of the Replacement Human Occupied Vehicle (RHOV), a next generation three-person Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) that will be used by the U.S. scientific community. The contract has an option for subsequent construction of the RHOV once the initial design is completed and the project is approved to move forward.
Researchers will probe the Gakkel Ridge during expedition that begins on July 1.
A new mooring and seismic monitoring system will significantly improve
the ability of natural hazard managers to protect the residents of Grenada from gases, eruptions, and tsunamis
caused by the Kick'em Jenny volcano.
A lot of ocean science equipment goes into the water and never comes back. Some of it was intended to stay; other times, the sea claims it by force.
WHOI researchers are venturing to the North Pole to deploy instruments
that will make year-round observations of the water beneath the Arctic
ice cap. Scientists will investigate how the waters in the upper layers
of the Arctic Ocean are changing from season to season and year to year
as global climate fluctuates.
Listen to the first call between ocean explorers and astronauts.
The Autonomous Benthic Explorer, ABE, one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to routinely work in the deep ocean, has joined the U.S. National Deep Submergence Facility, providing ocean scientists with a full range of tools to explore the deep sea.
Scientists will explore the seafloor near
Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean later this month, investigating
hydrothermal vents and the formation of mineral deposits containing
gold and other precious minerals with industrial value.
Dramatic new video of a long-term volcanic eruption in the western Pacific first discovered in 2004 has been captured during a recent cruise by the remotely operated vehicle JASON, developed and operated by WHOI’s Deep Submergence Laboratory.
Marine scientists and engineers will brief investors, business development executives, commercialization partners and economic development leaders May 24 at a conference at WHOI aimed at showcasing marine technologies and concepts ready for commercialization or licensing.
WHOI biologists and physical oceanographers joined forces in May to study the effect of ocean currents on fish larvae spawned on coral reefs in Belize.
The Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Alvin finished a five-month overhaul in Woods Hole in early April and returned to sea April 19 aboard support vessel Atlantis for what may be Alvin's last voyage.
Autonomous underwater vehicles are helping scientists monitor
marine mammals, quietly listening and recording their sounds and
Watch the latest progress on the overhaul of the three-person submersible Alvin at http://alvincam.whoi.edu/view/view.shtml.
After lying hidden for centuries off the coast of Greece, a 4th century
B.C. merchant ship and its cargo has been discovered and surveyed by a
robotic underwater vehicle that accomplished in two days what it would
take divers years to do.
Advances in undersea imaging systems, the development of new vehicles and instruments, and improved seafloor mapping capabilities have enabled scientists to explore areas of the deep sea in unprecedented detail.
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