The aim of this programme is to build on recent research in novel marine technology in the UK and Japan to deliver proof of concept projects for high-risk high-reward innovative sensing technologies. This will enable better understanding and predictive capabilities of ocean processes and resources.
The oceans play a crucial role in the prosperity and future of civilisation but their biogeochemical variations remain a challenge to measure, limiting quantitative understanding and our predictive capabilities. Autonomous sensors are well placed to address this capability gap, however, while there have been considerable advances in recent years in the operational use of autonomous marine physics sensors, the operational use of autonomous biogeochemistry and biology sensors remains in its infancy.
This programme aims to build on recent research investments in novel marine technologies in the UK and Japan and deliver proof of concept projects for high-risk high-reward innovative sensing technologies.
A key outcome of this programme will be a number of innovative and disruptive approaches using technologies that will ideally be at technology readiness level four by the end of the programme. This outcome will help to bridge the biogeochemistry-biology capability gap for autonomous observation of the oceans, and will ultimately help to move away from research ship dependence by accelerating the wider use of autonomous observing technologies. In time, this will lead to improved understanding of marine ecosystems by taking the use of novel marine observing technology beyond proof of concept to proof of delivery.