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Scripps Coastal Studies

September 17 2017

We are a team of scientists, engineers, students, and technicians at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA who study the dynamics of our coastal oceans. We use a variety of sensors underwater that often require scuba diving to install, maintain, and recover. With the help of our Trident ROV we hope to be able to dive smarter. Initial plans are to test the ROV for locating and inspecting instruments in <30 m water depth prior to diving on them. This can save us air and bottom time so we can get more done when we put people in the water.

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September 17 2017


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Expedition Background

We currently have an array of sensors deployed around Point Sal. This area of California's Central Coast is notoriously sharky and we are keeping dives to a minimum. With a Trident ROV we can inspect our instruments from our small boat to make sure they are positioned properly and aren't fouled by marine growth or ocean debris. The ocean is a notoriously hard place to collect data, and something is always going wrong. If we are more aware of potential issues with our array, we can then dive to fix them, which increases our chances of collecting high quality data. The better the data, the better our understanding of the ocean temperatures and currents we are measuring!

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