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Ocean and Marine
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CAUTION – An Innovative Aquatic Platform to gather Water Quality Data for Environmental StudiesCAUTION – Cataraman-type Autonomous Underwater-sensing Twin-propped InstrumentedOcean Navigator platform was initiated during the summer exchange program of 2013 supportedby Maryland Space Grant Consortium (MDSGC) as integral component of AIRSPACES – Air-propelled Instrumented Robotic Sensory Platform for Assateague Coastline EnvironmentalStudies project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Nutrient run-off fromagriculture, poultry farms, and other anthropogenic influences are threatening the health of theAssateague and other coastal bays of the Delmarva Peninsula. While manned boats can benavigated in certain areas of the bay, many locations important for environmental and otherscientific studies are too shallow or spatially constrained to be accessed by large boats oraccessed by foot from the shore. The AIRSPACES project is directed by faculty in engineeringand environmental sciences at UMES and involves a multidisciplinary team of students to designand utilize innovative remote controlled and/or autonomous air-propelled, small-scale (less than1.5m in length) aquatic platforms instrumented with various sensors including GPS, depth, pH,dissolved oxygen, salinity, and nitrate to measure the geo-located water quality parameters in theAssateague Bay and other water bodies. Sensory platforms such as CAUTION that are beingdeveloped by the project team not only provide an innovative and challenging learningframework for the students but also contribute to a critical need in the region. An exchangestudent from University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) who was supported by MDSGCscholarship, have so far led the CAUTION efforts with support from UMES students. In thispaper we report novel features of the platform and preliminary trials with data collection runs inremote-controlled and autonomous mode. All spatial and water quality related sensory data arerecorded to a memory card on the boat for subsequent data analysis and mapping efforts.
Villalobos, D., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M., & Diab, A. H., & Henry, X. S. D. (2015, June), CAUTION – An Innovative Aquatic Platform to Gather Water Quality Data for Environmental Studies Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23673
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