In January of 2008, 2 Gavia AUVs participated in US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded operations in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles with a team headed by Dr Mark Patterson of the Virginia Institute of Marine Technology (VIMS), College of William and Mary and Dr Art Trembanis from The University of Delaware.
One of the main objectives of the missions was to enhance the knowledge of coral reefs in the area using new technologies and applications. This research trip also served the purpose of introducing up and coming science students from the University of Delaware to actual fieldwork as a part of a study abroad program.
During this operation, a Hafmynd owned Gavia vehicle was employed to gather high quality bathymetric data from a GeoSwath Swath Bathymetry system and an additional Gavia vehicle from The University of British Columbia was employed to gather high accuracy CTD data. Furthermore a Fetch 1 AUV was employed for a total of 3 AUV´s operating together while logging more then 100 hours of operational in sea time while surveying close to 100 Km in water depths up to 200m.
In addition to the scientific data gathered, Dr Art Trembani´s team from the University of Delaware´s Coastal Sediments Hydrodynamics and Engineering Lab (CSHEL) was given hands - on training and familiarization with a Gavia vehicle similar to the one that they will be receiving this April.
Images courtesy of NOAA Bonaire 2008: Exploring Coral Reef Sustainability with New Technologies
For further information on the Bonaire visit the NOAA ocean explorer website at
For further information on the University of Delaware 's CSHEL Laboratory