Ocean Engineers Conduct Underway Research
POSTED ON: Monday, April 4, 2016 5:10 PM by LCDR Tyler Scharar
Midshipmen studying Ocean Engineering traveled to the University of Delaware as part of a course taught by CDR Janice Rice, EN286 - Ocean Measurement and Analysis. The midshipmen got underway on the R/V Hugh R. Sharp, a state-of-the-art coastal research vessel that operates as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). [insert link to the website about the vessel] The vessel traveled to Red Bird Reef, an artificial reef created by sunken military vehicles, subway cars, and two steel-hulled ships. The reef enhances marine biodiversity and productivity, supporting over 10,000 angler trips annually.
The class deployed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and a marine biosampler to conduct measurements of the ocean environment. Students also conducted multi-beam bottom mapping of the ocean floor, as well as analyzed CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) probes about the physical properties of the sea water. Perhaps most beneficially, midshipmen conversed with post-doctoral students, gaining an appreciation for the challenges with designing an ocean measurement system.