NASA's Airborne Remote Sensing Laboratory for Monitoring the World's Coral

In our previous post JoJo Burridge, '15, described the process of ocean acidifciation due to CO2 pollution. Since then NASA announced a beefed-up version of its COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) that will provide critical data and new models to analyze the status of coral reefs and to predict their future. CORAL acquires airborne spectral image data using the Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer (PRISM) instrument. 

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Marine Invasives Spawn Innovations and a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

The global threat of invasive organisms that hitch a ride aboard the ballast water tanks of international vessels first gained serious worldwide attention at the 1992 Earth Summit. Technological innovations that eliminate invasive aquatic species and pathogens from ship ballast water are now spurring the growth of a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Will Robot Fish Study Real Fish?

One objective of REON is highly accurate data gathering with minimal environmental disruption, a vision shared by a team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory who have developed a soft robotic fish they say could someday “infiltrate schools of real fish to gather detailed information about their behavior.” Click below for video and story.

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