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    MARINE VEHICLES

    HOW CAN WE MEASURE THE OCEAN?

    There are many different ways to collect ocean data, and generally the method is chosen depending on what one wants to measure and how much money one has. I've split the main measuring platforms that are used into three main sections:

    1.   Marine robotic vehicles - useful for 3D studies, i.e. for phenomena that spread both vertically

          and horizontally, like oil spills or animal migrations

    2.  Surface and profiling instruments - useful for 1D or 2D studies, especially long-term, like how

       oxygen varies with depth in a specific location 

    3.  Other fundamental methods - ships, submarines, and satellites: these methods show the

      progression of research platforms throughout history

    classification styles

    It is very probable that some people will disagree with how I've categorized marine vehicles. The lines between the different types are still fairly blurred and there is no universal agreement. Below is a general overview of vehicle types as well as a more detailed look at naming differences.

    THE ALPHABET SOUP

    Most of the (many) acronyms

    LOCAL VARIATIONS

    Science vs. military/commercial

    why is classification so difficult?

    THE DIFFICULTIES

    A comparison with biology

    ... and a final analogy.

    A LITTLE MORE ABOUT GLIDERS:

    The "phytoplankton" of the underwater robotics world

    REFERENCES

    Last revised: May 21, 2019​