SCOOT takes a dive in the Southern Ocean

SCOOT director Sebastiaan Swart leads the major research project ROAM-MIZ, using sensors mounted on ocean robots/drones to investigate the marginal ice zone in the Southern Ocean. Information and near-real-time output from the sensors are available at the project website. The drones currently operating in the Southern Ocean include the diving (to 1000 m depth) Seaglider and the surface glider Sailbuoy, both available pro bono in the SCOOT offer to entrepreneurs, SMEs and researchers. Interested? Contact us!

SCOOT enters project Find Me – identification and localization of (lost) fishing gear

RISE Acreo (Research Institutes of Sweden AB) will lead a feasibility study aiming for “a cost-effective and passive technique for underwater identification and localization of fishing gear with good precision.”

The goal is to support the relevant problem owners, fishing sector authorities, commercial / leisure fishing, and to contribute to a significant improvement of the management of marine resources for which they are responsible and depend upon.

SCOOT enters Find Me in order to support innovation in ocean sensor technology. As ocean observers we are also acutely aware that everything put into the ocean runs a high risk of being lost, this includes all kinds of measurement equipment.

The other project partners are University of Gothenburg (SCOOT), Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Fiskareföreningen Norden and Swedish Maritime Technology Forum. Kickoff meeting was held December 11th, 2018, project ends June, 2019. External funding comes from Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency). The aim of the current feasibility study is to prepare for a for a larger collaboration project.

Use SCOOT’s fleet of autonomous vessels!

Are you a researcher, entrepreneur, innovator or belong to small commercial enterprise? SCOOT wants to collaborate with you!

During the first half of 2019 we will concentrate our efforts on autonomous vessels for ocean measurements. These are the tools of the future in science, monitoring, inspection, surveillance. Opportunities and challenges include sensor integration, communication,piloting and navigation, data processing and management…

During the winter and spring we arrange a series of seminars and hands-on workshops dealing with the different types in the SCOOT fleet of autonomous vessels. This culminates in a four days event in June, when we gather at the Bornö station in Gullmarn. At Bornö our entire fleet of autonomous vessels will be available, together with support vessels, technicians and experts. Do you want to take part in this? Contact us and follow our news!

Exciting times for ocean observers

We have seen it so many times, technology is driving science. Automation and robotics is today transforming how observations are made in the ocean. We can now go to places that are out of reach for humans. We can now make sustained monitoring at temporal and spatial scales that used to be unachievable. Even though the ocean still remains as unexplored as the moon, our knowledge and understanding of the marine domain is now expanding at an unprecedented pace. SCOOT – Swedish Centre for Ocean Observation Technology will amplify this development in Sweden by enabling ocean research and innovation.