Our USVs come equipped with a range of geophysical remote sensors allowing them to collect valuable data on key oceanographic parameters such as seabed bathymetry, seabed characterizations, apparent sediment type, water temperature, salinity, and even ocean current patterns. The Otter is particularly effective in shallow and coastal areas where traditional research vessels may encounter navigational difficulties. Its smaller size and ability to navigate in shallow waters makes it well-suited for such environments.
When operating in intercoastal waterways, USVs equipped with advanced imaging technologies including high-resolution cameras and multi-beam sonar systems play a crucial role in mapping and visualizing the seafloor and underwater structures with precision. This capability proves instrumental in supporting habitat characterization, benthic ecosystem studies, and the identification of potential hazards in coastal areas. The combination of sensor data and advanced imaging enhances our capacity for comprehensive oceanographic research and environmental assessment.