27 Jun CSIR iRobot Seagliders tested for deployment in the Southern Ocean
Sea Technology Services (STS) recently assisted with the sea-testing of two CSIR iRobot Seagliders, which will be deployed from the new polar ship S.A. Agulhas II during September.
Seagliders 573 and 574 will be deployed south of Gough Island, within the Sub Antarctic Zone, during the Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island relief voyage.
The gliders will be piloted remotely from the new Southern Oceans Engineering R&D Centre, Cape Town and left at sea to transect the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) towards the Good Hope line, over a period of approximately four months, repeatedly diving to 1000m to collect oceanographic data to send ashore via satellite link.
These glider deployments form part of the Southern Ocean Seasonal Cycle Experiment (SOSCEx).