Taxonomic Search: Ryan Kastner
Although coastal waters play a crucial part in the ecosystem and economy, detailed monitoring of these areas has been difficult. This multi-institutional project presents a novel technology, where a large number of autonomous underwater vehicles organize themselves as a swarm, forming a dense four-dimensional spatio-temporal sampling system.
Oceans are drivers of global climate; they are home to some of our most important and diverse ecosystems; and they provide a substantial amount to the world's economy as a major source of food and employment. Sound plays a vital role in the ocean ecosystem, as many organisms rely on the acoustic environment for navigation, communication, detecting predators and finding food.