Projects Investigator Sponsor
Adaptable Monitoring Package — AMP

Brian Polagye
Andy Stewart
Paul Gibbs
Mari Litzenberger
Tim McGinnis
ALOHA Mooring

The ALOHA/MARS mooring sensor network combines adaptive sampling methods with a moored deep-ocean sensor network.

Bruce Howe
Tim McGinnis
APLIS - Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station

An ice station was established on a floe in the Beaufort Sea by engineers from the Lab's Ocean Engineering Department to support U.S. Navy and civilian personnel during under-ice exercises with two submarines on site. APL-UW provided all the logistics, underwater acoustic tracking, and under-ice diving functions during the month-long habitation.

Russ Light
Bob Miyamoto
APLIS 2011

The Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) crew supported the 2011 Navy Ice Exercises about 150 n mi from Prudhoe Bay on the Beaufort Sea during the month of March. Two of the U.S. Navy's newest submarines were at the station to test and develop under-ice operations and procedures.

Sean Lastuka
Keith Van Thiel
Nick Michel-Hart
Keith Magness

Autonomous Lagrangian Floats for Oxygen Minimum Zone Biogeochemistry

Researchers are developing a new, in situ, autonomous tool for studying N loss in oxygen minimum zones (OMZs). It will allow observation of variability over a range in temporal and spatial scales that are critical for understanding controlling processes and better estimating the magnitude of N loss. The sustained deployments possible with autonomous platforms will be critical for detecting any response of OMZs to climate change.

Craig McNeil
Eric D'Asaro
COVIS - Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging Sonar

The sonar system is using acoustics to image hydrothermal vent complexes on the NEPTUNE Canada cabled ocean observatory.

Russ Light

Peter Rona

ICEX 2009

The Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) was established on the pack ice floe in the Beaufort Sea to support U.S. Navy submarine exercises in the arctic environment.

Keith Van Thiel
Oceangate – Cyclops

OceanGate Inc., a global provider of deep-sea manned submersible solutions, has announced a collaboration with the University of Washington%u2019s Applied Physics Lab on Project Cyclops, a revolutionary new 3000-m manned submersible that will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures.

Andy Stewart
OceanGate/APL-UW Joint Venture to Produce a Manned Submersible

Laboratory engineers are teaming with OceanGate to design and produce Cyclops, a submarine that could take five people nearly two miles deep into the ocean. It will be smaller, lighter, and operated at a much lower cost than today's manned subs.

Stockton Rush

Bob Miyamoto
Dave Dyer
Regional Scale Nodes — HD Video Camera

A high-definition video stream, sent real-time and uncompressed to shore from the Axial Volcano caldera, will be at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 frames per second, interlaced. The goal is to obtain the highest resolution views possible of jetting black smoker fluids and coupled biologial activity on this hydrothermal sulfide chimney.

Andy Stewart
Russ Light
Ben Brand
Mike Kenney
Regional Scale Nodes (RSN)

The University of Washington's Regional Scale Nodes or RSN of the NSF OOI will extend continuous high-bandwidth (tens of Gigabits/second) and power (tens of kilowatts) to a network of instruments widely distributed across, above, and below the seafloor in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

Gary Harkins
Mike Harrington
Chuck McGuire
Tim McGinnis
Geoff Cram
Unmanned Air System — UAS

The APL-UW unmanned air system (UAS) testbed is a collaborative project involving researchers specializing in autonomy, remote sensing, and ocean science instrumentation. This effort represents the beginning of a research program to extend our expertise into the aerial domain.

Andy Stewart
Dave Dyer
Chuck McGuire
Greg Okopal