The development of new underwater platforms, deep (2400 m) and ultra-deep (5000 m) gliders, is the aim of BRIDGES. Several technical achievements must be made in order to produce these platforms. The market needs that the gliders could fulfill are also addressed because the gliders are to be used commercially in the fields of environmental monitoring, oil and gas, and deep sea mining.
Glider Services (Norwegian Sea)
CSCS has recently been requested to support KONGSBERG Maritime with its upcoming Seaglider operations in the Norwegian Sea. Details will be made available soon. This region is expected to be particularly challenging. Below are plotted some currents extracted from met.no ocean simulations.
This study was carried out by Advanced Offshore Operations, a subsidiary of CSCS, who designed and carried out an underwater glider mission plan along the shelf break in the mid-Atlantic bight. A Seaglider (Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc.) was used with an integrated passive monitoring system in order to detect vocalizations of Right whales. For more information, please contact Dr. Doug Nowacek at Duke University, the principle investigator of the project.
Coastal Oceanography Studies
The aim of this project was to measure currents, waves, turbidity of a site near Paphos, Cyprus for a duration of 6 months. High accuracy tidal levels were also measured in the port of Paphos. Similar studies have been done in the past in other regions of Cyprus. These data provide calibration and validation with near coastal models for planning and permitting procedures, in addition to baseline values of turbidity. An Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler with pressure sensor and wave capability were used.