This month in Monterey Bay, Calif., a fleet of undersea robots is for the first time working together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean.
“It’s thrilling,” said Naomi Ehrich Leonard, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton and co-leader of the project. “The fact that six of these underwater gliders are being coordinated with humans completely out of the loop is unique.” Leonard and co-leader Steven Ramp, of the Naval Postgraduate School, briefed members of media Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The oceanographic test site is yielding rich information about a periodic upwelling of cold water that occurs at this time of year near Point Año Nuevo, northwest of Monterey Bay. Upwelling events cause plankton to “bloom,” providing a rich source of food for the fisheries and wildlife in the area.
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