The University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA, recently placed an order for a YSI EcoMapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). USC will use the vehicle's water quality sensors, 6-beam Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), side-scan sonar, and acoustic modem to help its team research the roles of behavioral and physiological processes in algal bloom initiation and maintenance.
The University of California, Davis has also purchased an EcoMapper equipped with an Extended Payload (EP) package, side-scan sonar, water quality sensors, and a 6-beam DVL. The AUV will be used to study the bathymetry and water quality of the Fall River. UC Davis researchers also plan to study aquatic vegetation with the system in the future.
The Remote Sensing Image Processing and Earth Environment Monitoring Laboratory in the Earth Science Department of the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan also recently placed an order for an EcoMapper. Equipped with YSI water quality sensors, this vehicle will collect data for use in water quality modeling efforts as well as environmental research.