Mission possible – Ardberg glider deployed for COMPASS

The third COMPASS glider mission is underway with the Seaglider (Ardberg) deployed by Scottish Association for Marine Science on 3rd March 2021. The glider deployed in the Hebrides, off the West coast of Scotland, will contribute to the oceanographic and acoustic observational programme for the INTERREG Va funded COMPASS Project. As with two previous glider missions, which took place in 2018 and 2019, this mission will provide high-resolution datasets of water properties from the Malin shelf, spanning coastal Irish waters, coastal Scottish waters and Atlantic influenced waters near the shelf edge.

Deployment of the Ardberg Glider 2021

This mission will last 6 to 8 weeks and type of data collected will includes temperature, salinity, oxygen, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, fluorescence and optical backscatter. As with previous missions the gliders are fitted with passive acoustic sensors to detect and monitor marine mammals which will enhance the work undertaken by the COMPASS Cetacean Team.

COMPASS mission route for Seaglider (Ardberg), 2021.

If you interested in following progress of the glider and view real-time data go to http://vocal.sams.ac.uk/