"Saildrone has produced a platform that can help solve both parts of this dilemma: increasing the ocean-atmosphere heat exchange measurements that may help improve weather prediction and at the same time help oceanographers quantify and understand the processes behind the ocean carbon uptake, a key step towards knowing how fast CO2 will rise in the atmosphere, driving future climate change."
Assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
"There are very few observing platforms capable of carrying the number of instruments that saildrones carry. The frequency of saildrone observations is really high, so they can continuously observe really small-scale structures in a region of the ocean that the ships cannot. Ships start observation of the atmosphere at about five to seven meters (16.5 to 23 feet) above the sea surface and five to seven meters below the surface. Saildrones can fill that gap. Of course, the saildrones are not just measuring the ocean but also the fluxes, which is where we are missing information. This will help us join the air and the water very well to complement the observation we do with other platforms."
Physical oceanographer at the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (France)
Saildrone designs, manufactures and operates a global fleet of wind and solar powered ocean drones, providing in situ data collection services, global ocean data sets and enhanced weather forecast applications.