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Open Access item New technologies for marine research: five years of glider activities at IMEDEA

Authors:Ruiz, Simón
Garau, Bartolomé
Martínez-Ledesma, Miquel
Casas, Benjamín
Pascual, Ananda
Vizoso, Guillermo
Bouffard, Jérôme
Heslop, Emma
Álvarez, Alberto
Testor, Pierre
Tintoré, Joaquín
Issue Date:2012
Publisher:Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España)
Citation:Scientia Marina 76(S1): 261-270 (2012)
Abstract:This paper summarizes the glider activities carried out in the last 5 years by the IMEDEA Department of Marine Technologies, Operational Oceanography and Sustainability (TMOOS). TMOOS has been operating gliders in the Western Mediterranean Sea since 2006 and has set-up electronic and maintenance laboratories in order to establish a key “glider-port” in the area. Twenty-two glider missions have been performed to date and over 17,000 hydrographic and biogeochemical profiles collected. TMOOS is using gliders for operational, technological and scientific objectives. Studies of path planning analysis and adaptive sampling for gliders in combination with other platforms have been undertaken and new methodologies have been developed to process data from gliders. Thus far, IMEDEA gliders have contributed to the better understanding of mesoscale processes in the upper ocean, including the coupling between the physical and bio-geochemical process of the marine ecosystem and, in combination with remote sensing observations, high resolution glider data has enabled advances in new methodologies to improve coastal altimetry. Gliders have also proved to be important platforms for the development of operational oceanography tools and useful vehicles on which to test and implement new sensors for ocean monitoring.
Identifiers:issn: 0214-8358
e-issn: 1886-8134
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