The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and
weather prediction cocktail. But making those models perform at a level
where they can be reliable so far into the future requires data from
everywhere, including more places under the sea. That’s where the
submarine drones make the difference.
Improved data from drones is one of the key elements of making naval
environmental forecasting significantly better in the years ahead, Navy
Research Lab scientist Gregg Jacobs said.
Today, the Slocum glider is the most recognizable drone that the Navy
and others use in research. These 5 foot-long sea robots collect data on
their environment every few seconds and can descend to depths of 4,000
feet. The Navy plans to increase the number of those drones from 65 to
150 by 2015.
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