Autonomous MOKAI: Revolutionizing Glacier Interactions

Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have retro fit the MOKAI watercraft into an autonomous vehicle for use in their profiling at the edge of calving glaciers in Greenland. Access to this region is difficult, sometimes turning back ice breaking vessels tens of miles from the research site. Originally the team was using expensive underwater vehicles that could only collect data at a distance several hundred feet from the glacier without risk of loss or damage to the equipment. The MOKAI, outfitted to be operated unmanned and equipped with instrumentation to measure conductivity, temperature and depth, allows the Researchers to collect unprecedented data from the edge of the glaciers. We are excited about our continued collaboration with WHOI. 

Photo Courtesy: H Singh, F Straneo, S Das, K Mankoff, D Clarke.