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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Robot Boat Maps Pacific Underwater Volcano

An example of automated mapping.

BBC News
Sophie Ormiston, August 20, 2022

A robot boat developed by U.K. ship designer Sea-Kit International is mapping the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai (HTHH) underwater volcano in the Tonga archipelago as part of New Zealand-Japan's Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project. Operators in the U.K. control the Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer via satellite link, watching real-time data from the South Pacific captured by the boat's cameras around the clock. Instruments can be deployed on a winch as deep as 300 meters (984 feet) below the water’s surface. Data collected by the USV will offer insights into the violent impact of HTHH's eruption in January, as well as helping to forecast the nature of future eruptions. ... '

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