New Finnish glider to collect marine data

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is planning on using an underwater glider equipped with sensors to collect data for marine research.

The glider will be the first of its kind in Finland and is an unmanned satellite controlled device that dives between the surface and the seabed with the help of gravitational and buoyant forces following a previously programmed route.

The instrument measures temperature, salinity, oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity and organic carbon compounds (CDOM) on the entire water column.

"The glider will help us to get new information about, for example, the mixing processes in the sea and the oxygen situation near the seabed. The measurements will help researchers to understand and anticipate the effects of climate change and nutrient load on the Baltic Sea", says Senior Researcher Pekka Alenius from the FMI.

The project will provide data that will be particularly useful in assessing the future of the Baltic Sea and follows up on a previous EU-funded project called GROOM, that tested the use of underwater gliders to collect oceanographic data.

Research will start next spring.

You can read more about the project here.