Rutgers University are deploying underwater drones to explore the world’s oceans and collect data that will improve weather forecasting.
Underwater drones will be drifting along the ocean, traveling 6,000 to 8,000 km in a bid to collect data about the oceans’ currents, temperature and salinity to improve climate forecasting.
A part of the Rutgers University Challenger Glider Mission Project, the 2.2 m long drones will gather data while traveling up to 35 km a day around the ocean’s five basins. The mission hopes to gather an unforeseen amount of data on the ocean, to help predict its future and future weather events.
David Wigglesworth, Vice President and General Manager of Iridium – the satellite communications network company sponsoring the project – said in a statement:
The health of our oceans is truly an indicator of the health of our planet, and the Challenger Glider Mission will provide the kind of high-resolution data desperately needed by researchers to evaluate and assess the current ocean state.
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