Weather permitting, scientists from Rutgers University will release an autonomous underwater robot in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to monitor temperature, salinity, oxygen levels, chlorophyll levels, and sediment concentrations… Because of the direct manner in which the Rutgers’ glider will assist the two research vessels, however, its release marks the unofficial start of the Fall Research Campaign. Rutgers marine scientist Dr. Travis Miles will deploy the glider RU31 from a small boat 10 miles south of Mobile Bay. Programed to dive along a designated route that mirrors the one the larger vessels will take, it will collect data every second it is beneath the water… The glider sends measurements from a satellite cellphone in its tail when it surfaces and awaits further instructions before submerging again. Glider RU31 can collect more than 20 profiles every three hours, a huge amount of information. Thanks to its lithium batteries, the glider can stay at sea for two and a half months, thus it will be at sea much longer than the Point Sur or the Pelican.
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