Robots roaming the Southern Ocean, controlled from Norfolk by satellite, are collecting information on how warm water is melting the Antarctic ice cap.
Researchers at Norwich-based University of East Anglia (UEA) and California Institute of Technology have found warm water travels via swirling currents.This could help refine data on ocean currents and climate change.Scientists hope to predict more accurately the rate at which ice sheets retreat and sea levels rise. The findings from three robotic underwater gliders, deployed to explore waters on the Antarctic continental shelf, have been published in Nature Geo science. This warmer water is normally found hundreds of metres down throughout the Southern Ocean but how it reaches the shallow water around Antarctica has not been observed before. The gliders were remotely controlled from Norwich, more than 10,000 miles away, sending data back via satellite mobile phone technology, every few hours, for two months.
Truly an exciting time for science exploration indeed.