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Project Oceanography Spring Series 1999- Ocean Technology 5 Ocean Technology Lesson I. Oceanographic Research, Gathering Data in the Field Ocean-going research vessels How do we get information about the things we want to study in the ocean? One of the ways that we can get information is by actually going out to sea on ships. There are several different sizes of ships used for oceanographic research. The Florida Institute of Oceanography, located on the USF campus, primarily uses a 71' vessel called the RV Bellows . This is considered one of the smaller ships. An example of a medium sized ship would be the 274' RV Atlantis built in 1997. RV Atlantis is owned and operated by The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, connected with the Massachusetts Institute of uses a 470' ship called the RV Sedco/BP for their research in the Gulf of Mexico. Obviously, the larger the vessel, the more equipment and scientists it can hold and the longer it can stay out at sea gathering research. Harsh Environments Scientists do not always encounter clear conditions when "at sea". Often they endure harsh conditions, so it is important that the equipment be sturdy. Ships and instruments must be carefully maintained while they are being utilized for research. Sea-water is a corrosive medium and can quickly destroy valuable equipment. Some conditions that may interfere with research include: surface weather such as storms, working in very cold temperatures at high latitudes, significantly increased pressure on the instruments as they are lowered deeper and deeper into the ocean and motion sickness.
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Project Oceanography Spring Series 1999- Ocean Technology 6 Ocean Technology Underwater robots: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) Advantages The autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) developed at USF are smaller and easier to operate
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This note was uploaded on 07/31/2011 for the course OCB 6050 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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s99u2le1 - Ocean Technology Lesson I. Oceanographic...

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