On February 6, 2015, AOML physical oceanographers deployed two underwater sea gliders from the University of Puerto Rico’s R/V La Sultana in hopes of improving prediction of hurricane intensity. This is the second deployment trial after two gliders had a successful first mission at sea from July-November 2014. The main goal of this project is to deploy a pilot network of underwater gliders in the Caribbean Sea 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.
- Grant Rawson tests the technological equipment before deploying the two underwater gliders. Image credit: NOAA
- Underwater glider ready for deployment. Image credit: NOAA
- Professor Julio Morell and Luis Pomales of The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez deploy the underwater glider. Image credit: NOAA
- Professor Julio Morell of The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and AOML’s Grant Rawson, watch the glider drift away after deploying it on February 6, 2015. Image credit: NOAA