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First sea trials of a revolutionary new undersea robot

Mesobot deployment

In late June researchers from MBARI joined engineers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to test a new breed of undersea robot designed to open up new avenues of research in the mesopelagic, also known as the ocean’s twilight zone. This vehicle, the Mesobot, originated at WHOI and was developed over the past two years…

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EXPORTS 2018 and the Ocean Twilight Zone

From Voice of The Sea TV. EXPORTS is a unique scientific undertaking by NASA and the National Science Foundation to understand and predict the carbon cycle. There is an urgent need to better understand the fate of carbon in the deep ocean in order to predict future climate conditions, and OTZ members are deeply embedded…

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Twilight Zone at the Microsoft Faculty Research Summit

Mark Abbott

WHOI President & Director Mark Abbott attended the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Wash., recently and took a moment to discuss application of new technologies and platforms to the design, test, and deployment of ocean observing systems and to improving understanding of the ocean twilight zone.

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Dissecting the Deep-See

The Deep-See is a new, sensor-filled platform for observing animals in the ocean twilight zone and estimating their biomass (amount) and biodiversity (species or type). The vehicle is towed behind a research ship using an electro-optical cable that can transmit data back to scientists on board in real time. Weighing about 2,500 pounds and extending 16 feet…

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