Working with The Schmidt Ocean Institute and Principal Investigator Dr. Barbara Block and her team at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Saildrone deployed two USVs from San Francisco a month ahead of the R/V Falkor’s cruise (in Spring 2018) and conducted a pre-survey of the operating area known as White Shark Cafe. The Saildrone USVs then conducted a rendez-vous with the ship and conducted continuous observations to map the physical and biological habitats, and the ecological oceanography of the region.
Real-time data from the Saildrone USVs currently provides contextual biological and environmental information that allows the ship and its resources to focus its sampling in strategic locations, effectively ‘augmenting’ the R/V Falkor’s valuable scientific data.
The Saildrone USV fleet also uses its onboard acoustic receivers to patrol for tagged white sharks, providing additional capacity for real time data on acoustic shark detections, and physical data from the ocean’s surface.
Spring - Summer 2018
Animal Tracking, White Shark Cafe,
Saildrone fleet surveying the area known as White Shark Cafe, augmenting the r/v Falkor.
Saildrone USV tracks amongst tagged white sharks.