Assessing the deepwater horizon oil spill with the sentry autonomous underwater vehicle

James C. Kinsey, Dana R. Yoerger, Michael V. Jakuba, Rich Camilli, Charles R. Fisher, Christopher R. German

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Abstract

This paper reports the Sentry autonomous underwater vehicle and its deployment on two cruises in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The first cruise, in June 2010, coupled Sentry with the TETHYS mass spectrometer to track and localize a subsea hydrocarbon plume at a depth of approximately 1100m going at least 30km from the oil spill site. In December 2010, Sentry mapped and photographed deep-sea biological communities for follow-up observations and sampling with the Alvin manned submersible. These cruises demonstrate how robots and novel sensing technologies contributed to the oil spill assessment and the broader impact of technologies developed for basic research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS'11 - 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 50 Years of Robotics
Pages261-267
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 29 2011
Event2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Celebrating 50 Years of Robotics, IROS'11 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 25 2011Sep 30 2011

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Other

Other2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Celebrating 50 Years of Robotics, IROS'11
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/25/119/30/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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Kinsey, J. C., Yoerger, D. R., Jakuba, M. V., Camilli, R., Fisher, C. R., & German, C. R. (2011). Assessing the deepwater horizon oil spill with the sentry autonomous underwater vehicle. In IROS'11 - 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Celebrating 50 Years of Robotics (pp. 261-267). [6048700] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems). https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2011.6048700