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METOC Wave Glider configuration

Platform: Wave Glider
Manufacturer: Liquid Robotics
Commercial Operator: Liquid Robotics


METOC Wave Glider

Two Wave Glider solutions for Meteorology and Oceanography are available.. The base model (METOC Currents) gathers weather observations, meteorology and ocean current data. The expanded model (METOC Plus) adds wave and water sensors to measure waves (height, direction, period and spectrum), and water temperature, dissolved oxygen and salinity.

Sensors & Instruments

SensorModelDescriptionMETOC CurrentsMETOC Plus
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Airmar PB200 Weather Station

Weather information (air temperature, wind speed & direction, and barometric pressure) X X
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Teledyne RDI Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP)

Measurement of ocean currents at the surface and in bins to the sensor’s maximum depth X X
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Datawell MOSE-G GPS-based Directional Wave Sensor

Wave height, direction, period and spectrum   X

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Sea-Bird GPCTD + DO

Water salinity analysis through collection of conductivity, temperature and density; dissolved oxygen measurement   X


  • Now-casting
  • Satellite ground truth measurement
  • Buoy replacement or augmentation
  • Forecasting, modelling or alerts of severe weather and ocean conditions
  • Operational routing and scheduling
  • Pre-site surveys for oil & gas, wind or other offshore installations
  • Evaluation of near-shore currents, waves and bathymetry
  • Disaster response modeling and management


Both the METOC Currents and the METOC Plus models are offered with Teledyne RDI ADCPs operating at one of two acoustic frequencies:

  • 600Khz for applications requiring higher measurement accuracy and resolution to a maximum depth of 70 meters
  • 300Khz for applications extending to a depth of 165 meters, but at lesser accuracy and resolution
Both the 600Khz and the 300Khz unit can be used to profile bottom depth to the sensor’s maximum range at an accuracy of +/- 2%.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Wave Glider Download PDF
  • Body Type: Other
  • Size (LxWxH): Information not available
  • Body Size (LxWxH): Information not available
  • Hull Material: GRP
  • Weight: Information not available
  • Maximum Depth: 2.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 8640 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Harbor and Port Security
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment

Propulsion System

  • Method:
  • DOF: 2
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 0.50
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 1.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held