ROBOTS.FISH is a fleet of small underwater vehicles that are being developed for rapid response to mesoscale, evolving, and transient oceanic phenomena.
To find out more about the vehicles' transformations from off-the-shelf products to specialized tools for scientific research, click on the links below.
Credit for the ROBOT.FISH acronym goes to Aaron MacNeill, who I feel aptly describes our work as only an engineer could.
CAD files for the ecoSUBu5 AUV, shown (modified) below, are courtesy of ecoSUB Robotics Ltd.
That's a fancy way of saying that each of these vehicles can be carried by a single person and tossed into the ocean to study events that are less than 100 km in area, are constantly changing, and may only last a few days. Some examples of little-understood events that could be studied are ocean eddies, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), or oil spills.
ROBOTS FOR IN-SITU SCIENTIFIC HAPPENINGS
The core team is based out of the CERC.OCEAN lab headed by Dr. Douglas Wallace, Professor in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, located in Halifax, Canada.
The team is a mixed bag of scientists, engineers, and technologists, all with one common interest -
developing and adapting existing technology for ocean research and exploration.
Click on the image below to find out more about the team.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). (2017). Ocean Mesoscale Eddies. Retrieved from https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/ocean-mesoscale-eddies/
NOAA: National Ocean Service. (n.d.). Harmful Algal Blooms: Tiny Organisms with a Toxic Punch. Retrieved from https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/hab/
NOAA: Office of Response and Restoration. (2018). Oil Spills at the Water Surface. Retrieved from https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/oil-and-chemical-spills/oil-spills/
ecoSUB Robotics Ltd. (2022). General website: https://www.ecosub.uk/
Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University. (2023). CERC.OCEAN. Retrieved from https://www.dal.ca/diff/cerc.html.
Last revised: February 27, 2023