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Saturday, April 29, 2017

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This animation depicts the gliders gathering measurements as they swim around the periphery of what might be imagined as a giant fish tank with porous walls.

The gliders take measurements of the ocean's temperature, salinity, and concentration of microscopic plants and animals. If the gliders are too close to each other, they will take redundant measurements. If they are too far away from each other, they might miss important measurements. They try to maintain an efficient distance from one another as they move around the tracks that the scientists have designed. The yellow gliders are operating completely autonomously, while the red ones require some human input. (Return to news article.)

Animation: Francois Lekien, Derek Paley and Lance Herrington

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