Glider Robots: Gulf Oil Spill Gets 3D Map?

June 20, 2010

In an attempt to get a clear picture of what is really going on scientists will use glider robots. Gulf oil spill researchers have a general idea of what we are dealing with thanks to some cameras and such, but these new machines should provide a more clear scope. Continue reading for all the details, with more photos and a video.

Gulf Oil Spill

Three months ago Deep Horizon exploded causing what is now the biggest spill in US history. Who knows when the situation will be completely resolved, but the aim now is to get a good view of what its affects have been. The new 12 day expedition will hopefully be the most successful and yield lots of information.

Speaking about the glider robot’s Gulf oil spill chances, Christopher Reddy, director of the Coastal Ocean Institute said:

“The technology that we’re bringing to bear is perhaps more suited to interrogate the size, shape and chemical composition of those plumes than what traditional oceanographers have been using.”

Cameras have captured a view of the plume and overhead shots have given a decent picture of the vastness of the mess. However, many feel that without a close up and more in depth look we are missing a lot, which may help solve the issue.

“At the end of the day, we’ll have a three-dimensional, almost holographical image of the plume.”

Debates on the actual cost, factoring in all that this has affected, are constantly going on. Other machines have been gauging this spill since it exploded on April 20th. Those involved with this expedition hope to finally shed some light on the true impact of the leak.

What do you think of the latest invention to give us a picture of the immensity of fuel infiltrating the waters? Will we really get a good view from the glider robots? Gulf oil spill researchers certainly hope so! Be sure to tell me what you think after you check out these pictures and video.

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