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AUV survey design applied to oceanic deep convection

Scott Wilcox, Yanwu Zhang, James G Bellingham
7 pp.
MITSG 97-09J
$2.00 DOM

Oceanic processes are characterized by both temporal evolution and spatial variability. For surveys carried out using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), compromises between resolution, total survey time, total survey area, and vehicle speed must be made. In this paper, quantitative tools for optimizing surveys are demonstrated in the context of mapping open-ocean deep convection. The focus is on reconstructing a synoptic map on the plume scale (1km) utilizing single or multiple AUVs. It is shown that the most dramatic gain in error reduction come from using multiple vehicles.

type: Technical reports

Parent Project

Project No.: 1996-RC-013-ONR
Title: Extending Sensor Deployment through Integrated Energy Management