Media Coverage

Disturbing levels of carbon dioxide likely to increase ocean acidity fast, scientists say

San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2019

Chavez and his colleagues used a robotic ocean vessel known as a Wave Glider to measure carbon dioxide, the primary cause of climate change, from nearby urban and agricultural areas and calculate how much of it dissolves in Monterey Bay. Aquarium researchers had measured ambient concentrations in the air and seawater since 1993, but this was the first time anyone had calculated how much pollution from burning fossil fuel in nearby communities blows over and enters the water in a given year.

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Carbon dioxide from Silicon Valley affects the chemistry of Monterey Bay

MBARI - News Release, April 23, 2019

Northcott was able to track down the sources of this extra carbon dioxide using measurements made from a robotic surface vessel called a Wave Glider, which travels back and forth across Monterey Bay making measurements of carbon dioxide in the air and ocean for weeks at a time. “Because we had measurements from the Wave Glider at many different locations around the bay,” Northcott explained, “I could use the Wave Glider’s position and the speed and direction of the wind to triangulate the direction the carbon dioxide was coming from.”

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The Future of Earthquake Prediction

The Week, March 27, 2019

These Wave Gliders capture data transmitted from “aviation-style black-box beacons” buried in the ocean floor, enabling scientists to build better computer models to identify “where the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving smoothly,” and where they might trigger an earthquake.

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Quake Expectations: We’re Getting Better at Anticipating the Next Big Tremor

Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2019

Recent advances including surfboard-like aquatic robots called Wave Gliders, along with ultra-precise sonar beacons and GPS systems are now giving scientists the chance to view the ocean floor and better predict how—and where—the biggest earthquakes might occur.

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Meet the inspirational robots protecting coral reefs

Current by Distrelec, December 21, 2018

From bots targeting coral-eating starfish to soft, fishlike machines monitoring the situation via a Super Nintendo controller, these are the robots saving our reefs.

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Sea Drones: Taking the Operator Out of the Loop

MS&T, November 26, 2018

Unlike unmanned air systems (UAS), in which the man in the loop is an essential component of mission execution, unmanned vehicles in the maritime environment tend toward autonomy. And because of this difference, the training to support these vehicles is technical and largely focused on managing the vehicle in pre- and post-mission aspects.

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Annual Naval Exercise Showcases Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Capabilities

National Defense, October 25, 2018

Along the coast of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, members of industry, academia and the Navy recently experimented with unmanned underwater vehicles that officials believe could one day prove key in future naval skirmishes.

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Marine Robots Could Help Improve Forecasts of European Weather

Ocean News & Technology, October 25, 2018

On Saturday 20th October, the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed on an expedition during which a new automated system of collecting climate data will be trialed. If successful, the new technology could help improve long-range European weather forecasts in the future. …A new unit, developed at the NOC’s laboratories in Southampton and Liverpool, will be attached to one of these moorings to gather data from all the instruments on the wire and then transmit the data using sound signals to a marine robot called a “Wave Glider” at the sea surface, which will in turn send the data by satellite to scientists at the NOC.

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Island Ecosystem Transformation via Lava

Smithsonian Ocean, October 12, 2018

Residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are holding their breath, and it’s not just the humans. After months of hot lava spewing from the Kilauea volcano since an eruption began on May 3, 2018, the flow has slowed and the National Park is reopened. The hot volcanic rock traveling down the volcano impacted all the ecosystems it encountered—from homes to local vegetation and bird populations. The lava eventually made its way to the sea where the ocean literally boiled.

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Out to Sea: Liquid Robotics Uses Wave Gliders to Restore the Island’s Ocean and Coastal Communities

West Hawaii Today, September 12, 2018

KAWAIHAE — In the heart of the Kawaihae Harbor is a homegrown company called Liquid Robotics. The internationally known entity invented and manufactures the Wave Glider — the world’s first wave- and solar-powered, autonomous, unmanned, marine robot. From humble beginnings, including an early prototype made from a surfboard purchased at Costco in Kona, the latest in the Wave Glider fleet is the SV3, a sleek ocean-faring vehicle with two main parts: a float that sits on the surface of the ocean, and a sub with wings that hangs by an umbilical cord anywhere from 8 to 20 feet below.

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Smarter Surveillance at Sea

World Ocean Initiative - The Economist, August 22, 2018

The World Ocean Initiative team interviewed Roger Hine, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Liquid Robotics, and winner of the first World Ocean Summit Innovation Challenge. During their most recent mission, Liquid Robotics deployed two Wave Gliders to survey the ocean…

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Wave Gliders Represent Sea Change for Scientific Research, August 16, 2018

Slow-moving but highly useful at sea and strong enough to ride out a hurricane, Wave Gliders are multiplying off the Space Coast, proving especially useful monitoring at-sea missile launch tests and providing platforms for a variety of scientific research. A recent notice to mariners was sent out for a Wave Glider, due back in the area July 15, that had been involved in a test for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Wave Gliders are increasingly used in real-time monitoring…

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Cefas Trials Innovative Fisheries Acoustics Technique

Environmental Analyst, August 7, 2018

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has collaborated with marine robotics specialist Liquid Robotics to successfully trial an innovative technique for counting schools of fish. The trial formed part of the UK NERC/Defra funded AlterEco project which seeks to develop an innovative framework for assessing marine ecosystem functioning in continental shelf seas.

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Wave Glider Device Undergoes First Test in Oman

Oman Daily Observer, August 6, 2018

Muscat: The Research Council (TRC) represented by the Institute of Advanced Technology Integration (IATI), in cooperation with Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, conducted the first test in the Sultanate’s waters for the Wave Glider, which is a water probe designed to be used for detecting and collecting samples of groundwater discharged water.

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Cefas Scientists Complete 6-week Autonomous Fisheries Acoustics Mission

Hydro International, August 3, 2018

A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks. The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, USA, have successfully deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which was adapted to allow scientists to collect high-quality broadband fisheries acoustics data.

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Scientists Complete 1700km Autonomous Acoustics Mission

Marine Technology News, August 3, 2018

A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks. The U.K.’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and U.S. based Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, have deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which was adapted to allow scientists to collect high quality broadband fisheries acoustics data.

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Ocean Robots are Helping Researchers Analyze Kilauea’s Ocean Impacts

KFVE Hawaii, August 1, 2018

Scientists have started analyzing live data collected by two ocean robots on the impacts of lava flowing into the water off lower Puna. The original plan was to have the Wave Gliders gather measurements close to the ocean entry, but once the unmanned vehicles arrived, they had to change course.

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Lower Puna Ocean Entry Gives Scientists Rare Opportunity to Collect New Data About Impact of Lava on Marine Life, Sea Water

West Hawaii Today, July 24, 2018

With the ongoing eruption and subsequent lava ocean entry in lower Puna, Steven Colbert, an associate professor in the Marine Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, said he’s been collaborating with Liquid Robotics in Kawaihae Harbor on the use of their Wave Glider technology. The unmanned device is collecting water data and measurements from areas around the lava ocean entry.

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