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"Technology for Marine Exploration: ROVs and AUVs"

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Mr. Martin Bowen, WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
As a Sr. Research Associate in the Deep Submergence Laboratory, Mr. Bowen has been a long-time pilot of the remotely-operated vehicle Jason, and was present when the Titanic was discovered and explored. This presentation was about the history of the development of technology for deep sea exploration, including the ROVs Jason and Medea, the versatility of this type of equipment for undersea work, and the engineering problems and solutions on the way to the current and next-generation ROVs and AUVs (remotely-operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles).

Web-based Resources

WHOI web pages for the Deep Submergence Lab

Office of Naval Research

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's web pages on their ROVs

COAST Project (technology links) go to "resource guide," then "elementary and middle" or "high school," then "technology

The Jason Project

Ocean Explorer
Vol. 3, No. 3 March 1994
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Getting Better and Better
Kovacs, D.
In: Dive to the Deep Ocean: Voages of Exploration and Discovery
Available online:

Dive In: The Physics of Underwater Diving, by NOAA's Aquarius, the World's Only Underwater Laboratory

Feedback Loops, a COAST - Deep Sea Technology Activity

Measuring Water Depth activity
Part of the NSTA Great Lakes Jason Curriculum

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