IMOS AUV Facility Deployments
To date the AUV Facility has shown good progress against the initial goals proposed to IMOS. The AUV has operated successfully on four major cruises with the support of IMOS over the 2007/2008 timeframe. The vehicle itself has repeatedly demonstrated its capacity to collect high resolution, near bottom imagery and multibeam data. It has been upgraded with a number of additional instruments, including a Wetlabs Ecopuck fluorometer for measuring chlorophyll-a, CDOM and scattering/turbidity (red). We have integrated an Imagenex DeltaT multibeam sonar on the AUV and trialed it on a number of cruises. The IMOS Steering Committee has endorsed proposals for deployments in South Australia and Tasmania. New proposals are being solicited from other nodes, including NSW, WA and Queensland. Discussions have also been undertaken with Parks Victoria who are interested in the capabilities of the facility.