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DEC 2018

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16 ST | December 2018 decisions on subsequent dives and data collection. This is an important process that future scientists can use to act and deliver on research with- in a 24-hr. period in quickly chang- ing environments. "In the future, if we can trust these algorithms enough, it should be possible to change traditional workflows and have robots inform each other of what they see in real time and make reliable decisions without the aid of a human in the loop," Thornton predicted. The ocean is changing over mul- tiple spatial and temporal scales. Oceanographers have many tools to study slow changes that take place in a single location but are limit- ed when trying to understand pro- cesses over large areas and at fast temporal resolution. This work with AUVs and ROVs to quickly map and analyze the seafloor will con- tribute to the toolset of techniques available to oceanographers that will allow them to address things they were not able to in the past. The work for Thornton and his team does not stop after leaving Falkor. Even with artificial intelligence doing work in the field, there are still many images that need more detailed analysis and interpretation to help achieve a deeper under- standing of the areas that were sur- veyed. The team will continue the work of analysis, likely with more expeditions in the future. A summary video of the August 2018 expedition can be viewed at To learn more about the expedi- tion, visit adaptive-robotics-at-barkley-can yon-and-hydrate-ridge. ST Kate Herries is a master's candidate at the Uni- versity of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research focus- es on reconstructing sea level rise during the last deglaciation. She received her bachelor's degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Herries is currently a science com- munications intern at Schmidt Ocean Institute. Dr. Carlie Wiener is the senior communications manager at Schmidt Ocean Institute. She has more than 12 years of experience in marine science communications working on research, outreach, evaluation and professional leader- ship. She received her doctorate in environ- mental studies from York University in Toronto, Canada. (Top) The science team working on an AUV camera system in between deployments. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute) (Right) One of the areas surveyed by AE2000f AUV, in rough propor- tion to RV Falkor. Note the ob- served area is about 500 by 300 m. The seafloor images were collected in less than 24 hr. of bottom time and processed while the team was still on site during the expedition. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute, University of Southamp- ton, University of Tokyo) UNDERWATER DRONES +33 (0)297 898 580 sales @ FIND YOUR APPLICATION HANDHELD SONAR FOR DIVERS UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC RECORDERS Marine Mammals Offshore Renewable Energies Defence Oil & Gas

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