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Robotic torpedoes help map our corals on Great Barrier Reef

Robotic torpedoes that are being trialled on the Great Barrier Reef are revolutionising the way scientists view the underwater world. A team of researchers from Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, James Cook University and the University of St Andrews in Scotland have this week launched two autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) shaped like torpedoes into the water to map the shallow-water corals off Lizard Island.

Read the full article "Robotic torpedoes help map our corals on Great Barrier Reef", published in the Cairns Post on 23 May 2015.

remus600REMUS 600 AUVAnd in the same week, another group of researchers were puting their two AUVs, a REMUS 100 and the larger REMUS 600, through their paces on the Great Barrier Reef.

Using a payload of a Kraken Synthetic Apperture Sonar (SAS), this ultra-high resolution interferometric SAS was used to collect seabed texture images, detecting tiny sand ripples and recent trawl scours in the soft inter-reef sediment.

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