Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for use in marine benthic monitoring – Marine Monitoring Platform Guidelines No. 2 2018
This procedural guideline is intended primarily for marine monitoring/survey managers and provides outline guidance on cruising AUVs that are presently the most widely available and applicable to the UK.
An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is an unmanned underwater robot, electrically powered by batteries, that operates independently of a surface vessel for a few hours to several days. AUVs are capable of collecting geophysical, biological and oceanographic data from both the seafloor and water column. The AUV will either follow a survey plan that is entirely pre-planned before the mission, or a combination of pre-planning and re-planning during mission, as smarter modes of control are developed. The data gathered is downloaded from the AUV when it has surfaced via a WiFi link and/or data cable.
Two broad classes of AUV can be defined: large AUVs such as the NOC Autosub family and small AUVs (typically < 3 m), such as the Kongsberg REMUS 100 and Teledyne Gavia that can be deployed by two people. The guideline includes information on equipment, survey planning and outline costs.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2018·07·11
JNCC. 2018. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for use in marine benthic monitoring – Marine Monitoring Platform Guidelines No. 2, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2517-7605.
The Marine Monitoring Platform Guidelines form part of JNCC’s commitment to providing expert advice in the field of marine biological monitoring methods and applications.
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