NORUS workshop II, November 21 - 28 2009

Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences

San Luis Obispo, CA.









Overview for NORUS workshop II


by N. Strandskov, D. Holden, K. Bianchini, C. Evens and I. Aamodt on behalf of the student group at WS II (see participant list).


The purpose of our journey to San Luis Obispo was to educate the participants of the NORUS program of new technologies that could be used to research the changing Arctic environment. Additionally there were many opportunities to have fun. For example, we started the workshop by hiking in a state park:

Monday 23:

On Monday, John Kerfoot gave an detailed overview on the “guts” of the glider and the programming required to run a smooth mission.

After putting RU16 back together, we brought RU16 out to a ballasting tank on the Cal Poly Pier to prepare it for a brief mission along the California coast.


Tuesday 24:

On Tuesday we quickly went through the mission planning for 16’s trip around California and got out on the Zodiac to deploy.

After deployment Cal Poly participants informed us about the IVER 2, a propelled AUV that uses sonar to monitor the coast. Although the IVER2 run short-term missions, it is very efficient and is low cost.


Scott Layton, Cal Poly


Wednesday 25:

On Wednesday, Mark Moline educated us on the REMUS, another AUV. It is like the IVER2 because it runs short-term missions, however it carries more sensors and has a GPS system. The students had a short competition to write code for a mission that was then carried out a little ways off the pier.


We then learned about crawlers, which are small tank-like sampler that crawl along the bottom of a basin and take samples; and ROVs, which are small, tethered, and remotely controlled robots.




Thursday 26:

On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving the “California way” by learning how to surf and having a nice traditional thanksgiving dinner (including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes) at a country club.


Friday 27:


Friday, we worked as a group on the lay out of the NORUS website, norus-science.com, and discussed future workshops in Tronjheim and Svalbard. Also mentioned are relevant courses taught at UNIS in Svalbard that are to happen at the beginning of May and in mid September (http://www.unis.no)


That’s all for now. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and week!





website edited by Kasper Hancke, updated November 2009

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