Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 13 Issue 02

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Volume 13, No. 2
Pages 64 - 70

An Arctic Basin Observational Capability Using AUVs

James G. BellinghamKnut StreitlienJames Overland Subramaniam RajahPeter SteinJohn Stannard William Kirkwood Dana Yoerger
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Our goal is to greatly increase access to the Arctic Ocean by creating and demonstrating a safe and economical platform capable of basin-scale surveys. Specifically, we are developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for Arctic research with unprecedented endurance and the capability to relay data through the ice to satellites. We will provide a means of monitoring changes taking place in the Arctic Ocean and investigate their impact on global warming. The vehicle will also be capable of seafloor surveys throughout the Arctic basin. We call the vehicle the ALTEX AUV (Figure 1), for the Atlantic Layer Tracking Experiment that motivates its development.


Bellingham, J.G., K. Streitlien, J. Overland, S. Rajan, P. Stein, J. Stannard, W. Kirkwood, and D. Yoerger. 2000. An Arctic Basin observational capability using AUVs. Oceanography 13(2):64–70, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.36.