Coastal Oceanography

Ocean gliders

Ocean gliders are remotely controlled autonomous underwater vehicles designed to collect oceanographic data from water depths up to 1000 m.

By changing its density relative to sea water, the ocean gliders are able to move up and down through the water column, operating under all weather conditions, continuously sampling the water for temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity and the underwater light climate. The group hosts the Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (ANFOG) as part of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).