AN innovative partnership between Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM), Gardline Marine Sciences (Gardline), Searcher Seismic and Ecosscope has used a Slocum glider in the Gulf of Papua to collect environmental and oceanographic data for the Davaria Geochemical Survey.

The BOM glider undertook an extensive dive campaign, collecting data in near real-time which was relayed to Gardline’s multi-role survey vessel, MV Duke and onshore project partners. The final data is being analysed and interpreted by BOM and Gardline scientists back in Perth, Western Australia.

The glider was fitted with a suite of sensors capable of measuring Oil-in-Water, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, Total Particle Concentration and Dissolved Organic Matter, as well as the traditional CTD sensors.