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Adaptable Monitoring Package — AMP

The AMP shines new light on a complex challenge: monitoring the environment around marine energy conversion sites. AMP is an adaptable sensor package that can withstand the strong currents and waves typical of such environments. Its low-cost ROV deployment system, subsea docking station, and a wet-mate connection for power and data transfer make it a flexible solution for monitoring studies.

Brian Polagye
Andy Stewart
Paul Gibbs
Trina Litchendorf
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

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
BluHaptics: Intuitive Control for Marine Technology Applications

Haptic technologies — providing tactile feedback to the operator — developed to guide robotic surgeries are now being applied to underwater robotic platforms. The goal is safer and more efficient ROV operations.

Andy Stewart
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

Environmental Sample Processor: A Sentry for Toxic Algal Blooms off the Washington Coast

An undersea robot that measures harmful algal species has been deployed by APL, UW, and NOAA researchers off the Washington coast near La Push. Algal bloom toxicity data are relayed to shore in near-real time and displayed through the NANOOS visualization system. The Environmental Sample Processor, or ESP, is taking measurements near the Juan de Fuca eddy, which is a known incubation site for toxic blooms that often travel toward coastal beaches, threatening fisheries and human health.

Jan Newton
John Mickett
Chris Siani
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
ORCA Tracks the 'Blob'

A 'blob' of very warm surface water developed in the northeastern Pacific Ocean in 2014–2015 and its influence extended to the inland waters of Puget Sound throughout the summer of 2015. The unprecedented conditions were tracked by the ORCA (Oceanic Remote Chemical Analyzer) buoy network — an array of six heavily instrumented moored buoys in the Sound. ORCA data provided constant monitoring of evolving conditions and allowed scientists to warn of possible fish kill events in the oxygen-starved waters of Hood Canal well in advance. The ORCA network is maintained by a partnership among APL-UW, the UW College of the Environment, and the UW School of Oceanography.

Jan Newton
John Mickett
Hannah Glover
Zoe Parsons
Propagating Undersea Vehicle Expertise

APL-UW scientists and engineers mentor the UW ROV Team. The underwater robotics program at the University of Washington provides a dynamic learning environment for oceanography and engineering students to design, build, and operate an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from scratch.

Trina Litchendorf
Andy Stewart
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
Request for Information: Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Energy Advancement for Naval Facilities

Request for Information: The Laboratory is seeking partners interested in producing wave or current energy converters that are viable for use at naval facilities. Submissions are due April 29th.

Andy Stewart
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
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