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Robotic exploration beneath the ice : the challenges, risks and rewards of deploying an autonomous underwater vehicle in Antarctica

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King, PD ORCID: 0000-0001-9436-0936 2021 , 'Robotic exploration beneath the ice : the challenges, risks and rewards of deploying an autonomous underwater vehicle in Antarctica' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 155, no. 1 , pp. 79-84 , doi: doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.155.1.79.

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Abstract

Measurements beneath Antarctic ice shelves are critical to our understanding of how the glaciers will change and melt. To access these regions, we rely on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), which are free-swimming robots. The Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania, is leading efforts to deploy these vehicles in some of the harshest environments on Earth. This paper provides an overview of the history and recent Australian efforts in deploying AUVs in under-ice environments and discusses recent advances in mission planning and the ongoing challenges to take measurements from beneath ice shelves.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:King, PD
Keywords: Antarctica, autonomous underwater vehicles, AUV, Australian Maritime College, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.155.1.79
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