Network of Robots Studies the Ocean From Top to Bottom

Researchers are combining aerial views with underwater autonomous vehicles to get an unprecedented look at undersea environments in real time. 

RELATED TAGS: OCEAN, ECOLOGY
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Oceanographers have mapped the seafloor and tracked endangered marine species for decades using autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs. But the ocean is a huge, constantly moving three-dimensional ecosystem, and obtaining precise, real-time observations of marine life and of oceanic conditions such as temperature, current and salinity is quite challenging and astronomically expensive.
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