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Escorting an Ocean Drone

Escorting an Ocean Drone

March 15, 2019

WHOI Engineer Kevin Manganini escorts a JetYak autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) through the waters off Chappaquidick, which became its own island in 2007 after a storm created an inlet that separated it from Martha’s Vineyard. The JetYak is able to map and measure water that is too shallow or turbulant for underwater vehicles, making it a powerful tool that is helping scientists like Peter Traykovski understand the dynamics of inlets and sediment transport, which in turn informs policy-makers and homeowners about actions to take in anticipation of changing shorelines.

(Photo by Daniel Cojanu, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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