Dynamics, control and coordination of underwater gliders

R. Bachmayer, N. E. Leonard, P. Bhatta, E. Fiorelli, J. G. Graver

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An underwater glider is a winged, buoyancy-driven AUV developed especially to autonomously collect oceanographic data over the course of weeks or months at a time. The standard, on-board, oceanographic measurements include conductivity, temperature and pressure, but other sensors such as bathy-photometers, optical backscatter sensors, fluorometers, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensors and various acoustic sensors have been successfully tested and deployed on gliders. Henry Stommel and Douglas C. Webb, initially conceived the glider concept envisioning an endurance vehicle that could sample the ocean while circumnavigating the globe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781849190534
ISBN (Print)9780863414503
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


  • Acoustic sensors
  • Bathy photometers
  • Buoyancy driven AUV
  • Endurance vehicle
  • Fluorometers
  • Oceanographic data collection
  • Oceanographic measurements
  • Oceanography
  • Optical backscatter sensors
  • Photosynthetically active radiation sensors
  • Remotely operated vehicles
  • Underwater glider control
  • Underwater glider coordination
  • Underwater glider dynamics
  • Underwater vehicles


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