DFO-UVic-UBC underwater glider records unusually warm temperatures on maiden Pacific trip

September 23, 2019

Wall-e, an autonomous underwater glider operated by Department of Fisheries and Oceans, University of Victoria and UBC researchers, recorded anomalously warm temperatures on its maiden 880 kilometre trip to Station Papa in the North Pacific.

The glider collects valuable data that measures ocean temperature, salinity, deep-water productivity, and tracks oxygen levels, all down to a depth of 1,000 metres. Wall-e has been out during the recent marine heatwave—an expanse of warm water building off the West Coast that stretches roughly from Alaska to California.

Wall-e is one of several robotic gliders that are part of the Canadian-Pacific Robotic Ocean Observing Facility, a CFI/BCKDF-funded project to build autonomous ocean observing capacity off the British Columbia coast. UBC oceanographers involved in leading the project include Stephanie Waterman, Roger Francois and Philippe Tortell. 

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