MET OCEAN DATA SOLUTIONS

AUGMENTING ships and BUOYS for enhanced SHORT AND LONG TERM FORECASTS

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ENABLING BETTER FORECASTS

The world's oceans are experiencing significant change, which is having a profound impact on short term and seasonal weather patterns. Furthermore, the areas where some of the biggest changes are occurring are also some of the least measured and understood. This is largely due to their remote location and/or harsh environment, where the cost of deploying sensors via traditional ship-based methods is very high.
In response to these factors, new technologies are required to supplement ships and mooring data to meet the demand for longer, more economical deployments with the ability for real-time data, adaptive sampling and shore-based assessment.

Saildrone's Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) were designed to meet this need -- providing the ability to reach almost any part of the world's oceans, without requiring a ship. Deployed from a dock,  Saildrone's USVs navigate autonomously to the area of interest, where they operate for extended periods in open seas, before returning to shore for servicing and subsequent re-deployment. A sophisticated suite of on-board science sensors collects climate-quality data cost efficiently and enables better short term and seasonal weather forecasting.

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Many of the buoys in the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array have reached the end of their useful life, requiring frequent and costly maintenance. (photo credit: Nature)

Saildrone USV SD 127 mission path past the TAO/TRITON Array.