New AUV plankton sampling system deployed

17 agosto 2015

Researchers and engineers have developed and tested an innovative new system for sampling small planktonic larvae in coastal ocean waters and understanding their distribution. Traditionally, pumps and nets are used for sampling plankton, requiring sampling at predetermined stations or towing nets behind a ship, followed by visually sorting organisms into taxonomic groups. The new system enables detection of small gradations and species-specific patterns in larval distribution.