Memorial's underwater glider team (www.mungliders.com) has been operating out of Bonne Bay Marine Station for several years as part of projects funded through the Ocean Frontier Institute. As part of these projects the group has established strong working relationships with the marine station and members of the community of Noris Point. In this project, through funding by the Memorial University "Big Splash Fund" the glider team will participate in the Alumni Day Weekend event 2022 in Norris Point. The glider team will do setup a demonstration including a live test deployment with one of the small Memorial AUVs equipped with an underwater acoustic hydrophone to showcase important ocean monitoring capabilities to a broad audience. The premise of the demonstration is to 1) increase awareness of the unique capabilities Memorial's glider group has to offer to collect high quality science data to study important issues such as marine mammal behaviour and measure the impact of ship noise on marine life 2) foster and strengthen relationships with community members and organizations important to many of the ocean glider projects ongoing around the province; 3) update the public on ongoing work and key new research outcomes. This event will provide a focussed and organized platform to exchange information and continue the great relationship established within the community. The component of an exciting live demonstration will draw attention and engage people towards AUV research happening at Memorial. This event will also further enhance across campus collaboration between different organizations within Memorial.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Norris Point, NL