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Robots in Antarctica
Category: For Educators
Resource Type: Web-Based
Date Posted: 11/17/2008
A Rutgers glider off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL) deployed a remotely-controlled underwater robotic glider off the coast of Antarctica to test its capabilities in the harsh environment of the Southern Ocean. Robotic gliders swim up-and-down through the top 300 feet of the ocean for over a month at a time, collecting data on temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and more as they “glide” through the water.

RU COOL now has a fleet of over a dozen gliders that have been flown off the coasts of Hawaii, California, Liverpool, Florida, and New Jersey, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. This website provides real-time data, example questions for students, and a list of relevant resources on the Antarctica glider that you can incorporate into your lessons on climate (and climate change), icebergs, biomes, and marine biology.

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