Best practices for operating underwater gliders in Atlantic Canada

von Oppeln-Bronikowski, Nicolai and de Young, Brad and Belzile, Melany and Comeau, Adam and Cyr, Frédéric and Davis, Richard and Emery, Pamela and Richards, Clark and Herbert, David and Van Der Meer, Jude (2023) Best practices for operating underwater gliders in Atlantic Canada. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10. ISSN 2296-7745

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Ocean gliders are versatile tools for making ocean observations. This paper summarizes the experience, of nearly two decades, of glider observing activity in Atlantic Canada. It reviews key considerations for operating gliders based on the experience and the lessons learned. This paper has three main goals: 1. To provide new and emerging glider users with guidance and considerations for developing a glider program. 2. Review the literature on sensor development for gliders and the use of gliders. 3. To highlight different mission scenarios that include enough practical considerations to support operating gliders. The use of gliders is rapidly expanding, but the documentation and consolidation of best practices for their operational use in Atlantic Canada remains underdeveloped. This summary provides a guide that should be helpful both to new and experienced glider operators and potential users, to observe the oceanography of this region and addresses regional challenges. We believe documenting our experience will be also helpful to the global glider community. We summarize the most critical considerations of utilizing gliders. We review the issues specific to the platform use and concerns about how to optimize the use of key sensors to contribute to an oceanographic observing program.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 16025
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: ocean, gliders, observing, strategy, lessons learned, Canada, Atlantic
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Physics and Physical Oceanography
Date: 29 May 2023
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Atlantic Canada
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