The underDOG (clever acronym still TBD) is a micro-AUV that is being developed for rapid response to mesoscale, evolving, and transient oceanic phenomena.

That's a fancy way of saying that it's a small underwater robot that someone can toss 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 [1], Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) [2], or oil spills [3]. Currently, underDOG is being developed with a focus on the latter, as it is part of a multinational collaboration on oil spill research (see TEAM page for further details). 


Use the links below to follow underDOG's journey from an off-the-shelf vehicle to a specialized tool for scientific research. 




  1. 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/

  2. NOAA: National Ocean Service. (n.d.). "Harmful Algal Blooms: Tiny Organisms with a Toxic Punch". Retrieved from https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/hab/

  3. 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/oil-spills-water-surface.html​

Last revised: May 2, 2020​