Tools & Technology

360˚ Video: Deploying REMUS

Deploying REMUS

The crew of RV Thomas G. Thompson deploys a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle in July 2019 on the Shelfbreak Productivity Interdisciplinary Research Operation at the Pioneer Array (SPIROPA) expedition.

Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS, or REMUS, are low-cost robotic vehicles designed by WHOI’s Oceanographic Systems Lab to operate with a simple laptop computer. Initially conceived for coastal monitoring, these torpedo-shaped vehicles are now used as platforms for a wide variety of instruments at a range of ocean depths. REMUS are particularly well suited for surveying and mapping, travelling methodically over an area like a lawnmower to sample key ocean characteristics.

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360˚ Video: Recovering a CTD Rosette

Recovering a CTD Rosette

The crew of RV Thomas G. Thompson recovers a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) sensor with a rosette of Niskin sampling bottles in July 2019 on the Shelfbreak Productivity Interdisciplinary Research Operation at the Pioneer Array (SPIROPA) expedition.

A CTD is the primary tool oceanographer use to determine the essential physical properties of seawater. It gives scientists a precise and comprehensive charting of the distribution and variation of water temperature, salinity, and density that helps to understand how the oceans affect life.

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Engineering the future

GOES Program

Created by WHOI engineer Anna Michel, the GOES (Girls in Ocean Engineering and Science) Institute, hosts girls going into sixth grade for a week of engineering activities

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Infrared Cameras Could Help Ships Avoid Whales

WCAI radio

An interview with Dan Zitterbart, a WHOI scientist who is testing a new thermal infrared imaging system to detection whales in busy waterways to prevent ship strikes.

A tunnel to the Twilight Zone

Blue shark

Scientists track hungry blue sharks as they ride swirling currents down to the ocean twilight zone—a layer of the ocean containing the largest fish biomass on Earth

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A new way of “seeing” offshore wind power cables

Eager to share best practices and technical know-how with the offshore wind sector, WHOI researchers test out an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUVs)—a staple of oceanographic research—to see if it can perform subsea cable surveys faster and more economically than using large and expensive ships.

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WHOI Honors the 50th Anniversary of the Moonwalk

Buzz Aldrin

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on another world. Today the WHOI research vessel bearing his name carries on the legacy of exploration and discovery. R/V Neil Armstrong: one giant leap for the ocean.

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SharkCam, a customized REMUS robot, follows and films a great white shark by tracking acoustic signals sent from a tag…

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WHOI engineer Chris Basque deploys instruments for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Global Array as waves crash board the R/V Nathaniel B.…

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Sitting atop a legend

HOV Alvin pilot Valentine Wilson sits atop the research submarine in 1966, shown here in its first incarnation. After Wilson…

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