The UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and Saildrone recently conducted a joint exercise utilizing autonomous underwater vehicles (gliders) and autonomous surface vessels called saildrones at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Beginning in 2021 and continuing this year, underwater gliders and saildrones have been coordinated to work together during hurricane season to collect oceanographic data. Paired teams of gliders and saildrones operate in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off the southeast United States.

In this video, Skidaway researcher Catherine Edwards talks about the under/above-water robotic partnership and how it could help improve hurricane forecasting.