Now, a robot to dive deep(गहरी) to study ocean
PANAJI, APRIL 14: Researchers at the Dona Paula-based CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (समुद्र विज्ञान) (NIO) have developed a robotic platform that can be stationed at any depth from 0-200 metres to track the oceanic processes. “Scientists at Marine Instrumentation Group of CSIR — National Institute of Oceanography have developed a robotic platform, Seabed Resident Event Profiler (SREP), that can be stationed at any water depth down to 200 meters along the Indian coast,” NIO spokesman said on Friday.
Exploring deep waters
“SREP is designed to track oceanic processes such as upwelling that occurs regularly during June to September along the west coast of India and are important for the ecosystem sustenance(पारिस्थितिकी तंत्र निस्संदेह) and fishery,” he said.
“Several sensors that can detect the conditions associated with upwelling such as low temperature, low oxygen, high nutrients, and changes in density patterns are placed on this platform,” the spokesman said.
NIO has said “this robot records the water column information regularly as programmed at every 10 to 25 cm during every profile four times a day, stores the data and communicates(संचार) the same to users at the institute.”
“The robot in its final configuration (विन्यास) will be able to sit on the seabed for 100 days continuously,” he said.