AOML
NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division

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Underwater gliders begin third mission

On July 14th, 2015, AOML physical oceanographers deployed one of two sea gliders in the Caribbean from the University of Puerto Rico's R/V La Sultana. The third deployment will continue the project's mission to gather important data in the Caribbean and Tropical North Atlantic Ocean to help with hurricane intensity forecasting and provide valuable information about the role the ocean plays in tropical cyclone development. What's new for this mission? For the first time, the gliders will collect ocean current velocity profiles in addition to the real-time temperature, salinity, and oxygen data. AOML scientists also equipped the glider with an improved battery which will allow the glider to record more profile measurements. The second of the two gliders will be deployed in the Tropical North Atlantic in the upcoming weeks.

Track the progress of the gliders by visiting the project page .

AOML staff make final preparations to the glider aboard the R/V La Sultana. Image credit: NOAA

The glider rests on the deck of the R/V La Sultana before deployment. Image credit: NOAA

The glider rests on the deck of the R/V La Sultana before deployment. Image credit: NOAA
AOML staff work alongside Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez personnel to launch the glider. Image credit: NOAA The glider in the water after launch. Image credit: NOAA The glider in the water after launch. Image credit: NOAA