GLIDER Unmanned Ocean Exploration

Date: August – September 2017, Location: Norwegian Sea


The GLIDER Project forms part of the Norwegian Research Council DEMO2000 and is being managed by Akvaplan-niva.

The overall aim of the GLIDER project is to demonstrate an innovative, flexible and cost-efficient offshore monitoring and data management approach. GLIDER consists in the deployment of 3 ocean autonomous and dynamic platforms, a Seaglider (Kongsberg Maritime AS), a Sailbuoy (Offshore Sensing) and a Wave Glider (Maritime Robotics), fitted with a suite of sensors to collect chemical, physical and biological data of the ocean space. Such an observation program is to collect marine environmental data with improved accuracy, increase sampling of data, provide more flexible sampling of data by using platforms that can move in space, provide long-term and real-time monitoring, and in addition reduce cost compared to other traditional measurement concepts.

The linked movie, created by Geir Pedersen at Christian Michelsen Research AS, shows the path the three platforms took over the course of the mission. The Wave Glider in green, the Sailbuoy in purple and the Seaglider in orange. The mission was in August and September in the Norwegian Sea and included two periods of marginal weather with average wave heights in excess of 6m. We all look forward to the 2018 project deployment that will take place between March and September.

In addition to Akvaplan-niva AS, the research and innovation partners with GLIDER are Met.no, the Norwegian Institute of Water Research, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway, Nord University, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Maritime Robotics AS, Offshore Sensing AS, Christian Michelsen Research AS, and Aanderaa Data Instruments AS. The main sponsors are the Norwegian Research Council and ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS.

CMR GLIDER Mission August 2017 Movie