The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) cruise sampling was completed on April 21st aboard NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada. NOAA and partners participated in the first of two field tests of a prototype long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with genomic sampling capability developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Scientists collected samples by traditional methods for comparison to the eAUVs ability to intelligently sample water column features, such as the chlorophyll maximum. Read more about the cruise in the web story.
- Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada oversee eAUV deployment. Image credit: NOAA
- An eAUV is deployed during April 2017 CalCOFI cruise. Image credit: NOAA