One of our favorite things about Blue Technology is the impact it is making on ocean health and conservation efforts. While many researchers use ROVs for monitoring marine life and coral reefs, our friend, Allison Chua, is using her BlueROV2 in a multinational collaboration on oil spill research.
Based out of a lab in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Allison and her team are using their heavily modified BlueROV2 (the underDOG) to help them gain experience with taking underwater measurements in a controlled, yet realistic, marine environment. Their underwater vehicle is decked out with three different fluorescence sensors tuned specifically to detect crude oil in seawater, with a goal of being able to detect, monitor, and respond more efficiently to oil spills in the ocean.
For more information on Allison, her team, and the underDOG, check out the following links: