Kanna Rajan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), US
Room: Sala S1 / DCC-FCUP
Persistent under-sampling of complex coastal ocean processes has resulted in calls for new
methods to approach the sampling problem. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have been
used over the last few years to observe dynamic events such as blooms, anoxic zones and ocean
fronts. However they had till recently, been stymied with the use of simple reactive approaches
which depended on a priori “plans” which prevented any substantiative adaptation of mission
structure to deal with opportunistic science and other unanticipated events.