Glider deployed in Seep Survey, Papua New Guinea
Through an innovative partnership, Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM), Gardline Marine Sciences (Gardline), Searcher Seismic and Ecosscope, have deployed a Slocum glider in the Gulf of Papua to collect further environmental and oceanographic data for the Davaria Geochemical Survey.
The glider will be deployed for the next 30 days and data relayed in near real-time to Gardline’s multi-role survey vessel, MV Duke and onshore project partners. The final data will be analysed and interpreted by BOM and Gardline scientists back in Perth, Western Australia.
Ben Hunt, Marine Science Manager for Gardline said "It is a fantastic opportunity to utilise BOM’s autonomous technology and provide important oceanographic information to the project, both for our acquisition planning needs and assisting with detection of seabed seeps in the region".
Keith Wallace, Chief Commercial Officer for Blue Ocean Monitoring further commented "The glider has been fitted with a suite of sensors capable of measuring Oil-in-Water, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, Total Particle Concentration and Dissolved Organic Matter, as well as the traditional CTD sensors. We are very excited to be part of this exploration campaign and supporting the innovative approach to seep hunting".