Expanding the Reach of the Research Fleet: Autonomous (and Piloted) Airborne Systems in Support of Ocean Sciences

Session ID#: 92187

Session Description:
Operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from shore and ships can advance oceanographic research and expand capabilities of ocean observing systems.  This town hall, hosted by the UNOLS Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Aircraft Research, will provide a forum for discussion of current and future methods and uses of unmanned and manned aircraft in support of ocean sciences.  Unmanned and manned aircraft can assist in areas such as ocean-atmosphere interaction, remote sensing, satellite product validation, marine mammal and seabird populations, oceanographic mesoscale and submesoscale processes, as well as studies of sea ice, fisheries, and shipping. Further, the use of airborne systems in coastal and offshore waters can provide information for marine resource management and response to natural and shipping accidents.  Discussion on aircraft in support of ocean sciences is timely because of advances in sensor capabilities and the increasing availability of UAS to the oceanographic community.  This town hall discussion will also address UAS integration in the research fleet. Finally, the town hall will review the piloted aircraft available to the research community and provide resources on their use.  Examples of airborne operations in support of oceanographic research will be highlighted.  Community input on potential uses and needs is strongly encouraged.
  • CP - Coastal and Estuarine Processes
  • HE - High Latitude Environments
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • PS - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Smaller
Primary Contact:  Christopher J Zappa, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Presenter:  Luc Lenain, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States

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