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Paper describing ocean gliders and saildrones for hurricane observations published in Oceanography – Hurricane Research Division

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Autonomous underwater gliders and uncrewed surface vehicles such as saildrones are revolutionizing both our understanding of and ability to forecast hurricane track and intensity. These observing systems are becoming critical components of operational forecasting systems in the United States.

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Underwater gliders: (a) Slocum. (b) Spray. (c) SeaExplorer. (d) Seaglider. For more information on gliders, go to credits: (a) Matt Souza, University of Virgin Islands (b) Robert E. Todd, WHOI (c) ALSEAMAR (d) NOAA AOML.

The Saildrone project work was supported by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR): Weather Program Office (NA21OAR4590394), Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES/UW), and the Oceans Portfolio. The glider work was supported by NOAA (Integrated Ocean Observing System, Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, IOOS Regional Associations—MARACOOS, CARICOOS, SECOORA, and GCOOS—made possible in part by supplemental funds from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the 2019 Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act), the National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research. Support for the NOAA and US Navy glider partnership was made possible by NOAA OMAO. Rutgers researchers were also partially supported by NOAA (NA16NOS0120020). This is PMEL contribution # 5333.


2022-04-01 13:53:52

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