Autonomous Vehicle Exploration and Sampling of Deep-Water Corals

PI: Franz Hover, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jess Adkins, California Institute of Technology

Project Number:2008-R/RT-2/RCM-23

Start Date:2008-02-01End Date:2014-01-31

Proposal Summary

The researchers are applying AUV technology to the task of finding, monitoring, and sampling benthic environments. This will include developing new strategies for AUV navigation, control and manipulation. These capabilities will aid in the study of deep-water corals, which are an important record of past climate shifts, and thus play a major role in understanding climate change.

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Project No.: 2007-R/RT-2
Title: Focused Research