Global Oceans (Chicago, IL) and the Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center (Lee, NH) have agreed to work together to integrate the AUVAC’s broad-based industry database and consulting expertise with Global Oceans’ model of aligning and operating oceanographic research platforms from commercial maritime resources that can host AUV operations at sea, with the objective of cost-effectively expanding opportunities for using AUVs in ocean science.
AUV technology is becoming increasingly important for ocean measurements, mapping and research and the diversity of their capabilities and applications from leading suppliers is rapidly progressing. The ability of the Global Oceans model to support AUV operations, coupled with hosted international and multidisciplinary science teams on a shared, “open access” basis, can make these resources more accessible, cost-effective and more frequently utilized for scientific research.
Jim Costopulos, CEO of Global Oceans stated: “The AUVAC’s role as an informational hub for the AUV development community is a great aggregated resource for AUV technologies and vehicles that are currently available. Global Oceans will be working with AUVAC to usefully integrate this industry database with our online expedition and research planning tools to provide scientists with a greater range of AUV options on a user-defined basis, and which Global Oceans can support operationally in the field.”
Dick Blidberg, AUVAC’s Director stated: “We believe the AUV development community and AUVAC’s growing database of technical AUV information can be productively leveraged by aligning our resources with the user-driven planning and flexible deployment model that Global Oceans has developed. By exploring new ways to collaborate, we believe our joint efforts will enable greater in-field utilization of AUVs by ocean scientists and we look forward to helping to build these strategic links and informational connections through the tools and resources Global Oceans is able to offer.”
Global Oceans will also be participating in and submitting a white paper to the AUVAC’s 18th Annual Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology in August, 2013 (http://uust.org/). The presentation will focus on the value of expanding the ocean research infrastructure footprint globally, together with collaborative and shared use among international science teams of historically expensive “big science” assets such as AUVs – and how Global Oceans is changing the traditional paradigm.
About Global Oceans Global Oceans is a US-based nonprofit organization that has established an optimized chartered ship model for oceanographic research applications which incorporates the short-term utilization of globally dispersed platform supply ships, modular laboratories, scientific equipment, supporting infrastructure and 24/7 logistics support in 265 worldwide ports. Partnerships with commercial fleet owners and equipment and service providers serving the offshore oil industry provide a reliable network of existing resources which is highly adaptable to each scientific mission and is scalable globally.
For more information about Global Oceans, please visit: www.global-oceans.org. Contact: Jim Costopulos, CEO; 847-334-5028.