Developing the Ability to Map In situ Optical Properties in Coastal Waters using Slocum Coastal Gliders
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ COASTAL OCEAN OBSERVATION LAB
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Characterizing in situ water turbidity is critical to numerous naval operations. In particular, water column turbidity impacts the efficacy of sensors that use optical measurements for a variety of purposes including laser detection of mines and prediction of the operational detection horizon for bioluminescence. A covert autonomous platform outfitted with an optical sensor package and capable of reporting the data in near-real time prior to and during advance into a battle space has been identified by ONR as a highly desired tool. To this end we are developing a long duration autonomous vehicle for collecting in-water turbidity measurements. The endurance, water column coverage, stealth, and mobility of the Slocum Coastal Glider create an ideal platform when coupled with the correct optical suite.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Optical Detection and Detectors