BERING SEA MISSION

UNDERSTANDING A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT 

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MISSION DESCRIPTION

In April 2015, two Saildrones were released from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in association with NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) and Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO).

The Bering Sea, an unforgiving location made popular by the TV-show  'Deadliest Catch', was one of the hardest tests that the Saildrones could face.

The 3 months mission saw;

  • Multiple ship and buoy interactions where key measurement comparisons were made between the Saildrone and existing NOAA assets.
  • Adaptive sampling on the retreating ice edge, locating thermal and salinity boundaries
  • Near-shore survey of the Yukon Delta
  • Return to Dutch harbor following specific isobaths

The challenging mission was completed as planned, with both vehicles returning to  Dutch Harbor after 97 days at sea. SD-126 had sailed 4137 nm and SD-128 had sailed 4393 nm.

TIMEFRAME

Spring 2015

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