Environmental Monitoring of Our Oceans
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, the Submaran
The prohibitive costs of manned ship scientific research and surveys in an era of shrinking government budgets means fewer vital scientific studies and ocean surveys are being conducted. This research is critical in understanding the complex interactions of our oceans with regards to global climate change and man-made pollution. Considering the fact that oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the planet's water, it is astonishing that more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), approximately one sixth of jobs (nearly 17%) in the United States are marine-related and over one-third of the U.S. Gross National Product originates in coastal areas. To say that our oceans are a part of our lives would be a massive understatement. With that being said, protecting and researching our oceans is imperative and becomes more possible and probable with an unmanned, self-propelled vehicle like the Submaran.