In recent decades, the oceanographic community has shifted focus from the open
ocean to coastal waters. This is partly due to the disproportionately high
contribution coastal waters make to the ocean's overall primary productivity,
and partly due to the rapidly increasing human population living near the coast.
With this shift in focus comes the challenge of accurately characterizing and
interpreting the inherently complex and dynamic nature of the coastal environment.
The application of AUV technology represents a major step forward in terms of
adequate sampling scales, because AUVs are capable of continuous temporal and
The REMUS AUV is known for its small size, ease of deployment, and robust
operational history. As such, it is an ideal platform for studies in the
nearshore coastal ocean. The vehicle is propeller driven and powered by four
lithium ion batteries, enabling deployments in excess of 50 km and allowing
us to equip the vehicle with many different oceanographic sensors. These
capabilities will make REMUS an indispensable tool for study of the coastal
ocean in the years to come.
For more information, read the detailed description of the REMUS vehicle.