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This May, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) researchers from AMOS (Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems) used innovative technology, including SeaBee Norway’s “RobOtto”, to study marine life in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard.
The Otter Unmanned Surface Vehicle from Maritime Robotics, nicknamed “RobOtto” by SeaBee members, can carry a variety of sensors for seabed and environmental mapping. The drone floats on the surface of a body of water and directly collects data on water quality. RobOtto’s direct approach is important when it comes to comparing and interpreting drone data recorded from the air. It allows the SeaBee Team to measure the concentration in surface waters of microalgae and phytoplankton (Chlorophyll a), the concentration of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and total suspended matter (TSM).
In addition, floating on the water allows the application of acoustic sensors. RobOtto is equipped with a MX Aquatic Echosounder for characterising benthic habitat types, including separate seagrass, rockweed and kelp from soft (mud and sands) and hard bottom (rocks) substrate.
About SeaBee & WP 2
SeaBee’s Work Package 2 facilitates the up-to-date training of drone pilots, secure registration practices and legislation, producing safe operation protocols and emergency manual procedures. This Work Package ensures the calibration and testing of SeaBee’s drones and sensors, as well as manage maintenance to secure operation-ready equipment at all times.
Find out more about our drone RobOtto and the SeaBee project’s technology.