NERC will invest £15m in Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) and sensors over a five-year development programme.
A £10m investment will be made through the NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global marine science and technology innovation by developing a new 1500m depth-rated Autosub Long Range (ALR1500) and a new 6000m depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (Autosub6000 Mk2). This will support future under-ice and deep-ocean science, including a number of upcoming major marine research programmes such as the Changing Arctic Ocean programme. There will also be investment in command-and-control systems for efficient fleet management, and new equipment to support the NERC-EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in 'Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems', called NEXUSS - 'NEXt generation Unmanned System Science'.
NERC will also invest up to £5m in an open call for novel sensor development suitable for deployment on various submarine and surface platforms including the new MAS platforms described above. MORE