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Spring 2012
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Revolutionary Wave Glider Tool
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Wave Glider

Reliable ocean and fisheries forecasting is on the horizon, thanks to revolutionary solar powered, surfboard-sized, remote-controlled Wave Gliders. Professor of earth and atmospheric sciences Chuck Greene is helping to optimize the Wave Glider, developed by Liquid Robotics, Inc., for oceanography. The devices collect acoustic data with an echo sounder, providing researchers with real-time information on fishery migration and feeding patterns. Wave Gliders can cover about 12 miles a day and remain at sea for months. If they can replace the expensive manned research vessels currently required for studies, the enhanced observational presence will enable researchers to monitor ecosystem and population changes in real time.