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Published on Oct 8, 2015
Lauren Dana, a senior at Bryn Mawr College, and Physical Oceanographer Ruth Curry, who oversees the glider program, are working to combine glider data with ship-based measurements to improve our understanding of small-scale ocean processes. The program’s three gliders, named Anna, Jack, and Minnie, run on battery power, have two-way satellite communications with shore, and are equipped with a suite sensors that enable measurements of the ocean down to 1,000- meters depth. Gliders can sample around the clock, and for months at a time, thus revolutionizing the way scientists observe the ocean by increasing the amount of data acquired at a fraction of the cost of traditional technologies. For the next nine months, Minnie and Jack will sample the Sargasso Sea, measuring temperature, oxygen, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll, and currents. The gliders have already significantly enhanced BIOS’s research and educational capabilities, and will propel important scientific advances in the coming months and years.
Made possible through generous support from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund and the Simons Foundation.