A team of researchers from the University of Connecticut’s UnderWater Sensor Network Lab and the University of Delaware is working together to develop a wireless system to collect data to better understand sea ice changes and ocean acoustics in the Arctic Ocean.
The underwater communication system allows real-time information to be sent wirelessly from sub-surface ocean sensors through acoustic waves to oceanographers for analysis. Additionally, the system expands the capabilities of these types of networks in areas where stationary ice changes to mobile ice formations and then eventually to open water. One of the advantages of a wireless underwater communication network is the flexibility of the system. It can be quickly positioned in new areas where oceanographers want to monitor for a short period, and it can also reach places where it is challenging to arrange underwater cable.