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UMass Dartmouth Professor of Marine Science & Technology Dr. Wendell Brown has received a $131,643 award from NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System office and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) via Rutgers University to operate a pair of modern technologies to capture surface ocean current and deep ocean water property data. Over the next five years, one of the tasks of Brown and his Ocean Observation Laboratory (OCEANOL) team members, research associate Richard Arena and Research Assistant Kathryn Tremblay, is to maintain the five high-frequency radar sites in the Northeast sector the MARACOOS region.

The data from Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and Long Island are being combined to produce hourly coastal ocean surface ‌current maps out to about 100 miles over the extent of the region. Brown’s team will also prepare and operate one of the MARACOOS ocean gliders – the UMass Dartmouth-owned underwater robot named Blue (after the whale). Ocean gliders collect a variety of water property data (including temperature, salinity, oxygen and plankton-related chlorophyll) by traversing from the ocean surface to the bottom and then back again along pre-programmed routes.

MARACOOS is a Regional Association in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).

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