Capable of collecting an unprecedented range of data on Australia’s coastal ecosystems and climate change, UWA’s $15 million Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders is assisting industry to monitor and manage environmental and safety risks.
“Ocean gliders can detect oil seepage from leaking pipelines and measure pipeline acoustics to establish pipeline stability on the seabed,”
says Winthrop Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, a world leader in coastal oceanography.
“They also monitor the health of coastal ecosystems.”
This world-class facility includes 13 ocean gliders that can operate continuously for up to eight months in water depths to 1000 metres. The facility will expand into the North West Shelf in the future to support environmental monitoring in the region.