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Ocean outfall mapping using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle


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Niu, H, Husain, T, Veitch, B, Bose, N, Adams, S, He, M and Lee, K 2007 , 'Ocean outfall mapping using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle', paper presented at the MTS/IEEE Oceans 2007, 2 Oct 2007, Vancouver.

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Ocean outfalls are difficult to observe and the
traditional monitoring methods are expensive and can only
provide limited information. As an alternative, Autonomous
Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have proved to be an effective tool
for outfall mapping. This paper describes an outfall mapping
mission by the MUN Explorer AUV off the east coast of Canada.
A submerged freshwater outfall with Rhodamine WT dye was
discharged into a bay and the MUN Explorer AUV equipped with
a fluorometer was used to measure the dye concentration and the
extent of the dispersed plume. The results have shown that the
AUV can be effectively used to map the outfall and future work is
needed to provide more detailed plume information.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Niu, H and Husain, T and Veitch, B and Bose, N and Adams, S and He, M and Lee, K
Keywords: ocean outfall, autonomous underwater vehicle, plume mapping
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