Catherine Edwards’ Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, nicknamed “Modena,” is working in the Gulf of Mexico this month. The activity is part of a three-year, $18.8 million to continue studies of natural oil seeps and track the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
Known as ECOGIG-2 or “Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf,” the project is a collaborative, multi-institutional effort involving biological, chemical, geological and chemical oceanographers led by the University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye. The research team has worked in the Gulf since the weeks following the 2010 Macondo well blowout.
Modena has been at work collecting data since June 25th. It takes Modena about an hour to collect each profile (up+down cast), and she sends her data to shore every 6 hours. You can follow Modena’s progress at: http://gcoos2.tamu.edu/gandalf/deployed/