Remotely Operated Vehicles ROV

ROV
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ROV (Remotely Operating Vehicle).

The Global Ocean is on average 3790 metres deep. Its exploration is thus complex and begun with the development of new technology during the second part of the twentieth century.

ROV refers to ‘Remotely Operated Vehicle’, an underwater submersible which can explore the oceans. Used in both industry and oceanographic research, these robots dive thousands metres of depth while operated from the surface.

The ROV in oceanography

The ROV’s are commonly used in the exploration and the sampling of the seafloor or benthic communities at several thousands meters deep. For a long time unknown, the abyss is now a focus of ocean studies in particular in Climate Change research.

Equipped with adapted extensions, ROVs can do almost everything:

Thanks to the wide range of instruments fixed on it, the ROV TIBURON (developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA) provides efficient, reliable and precise sampling and data collection in several domains (biology, geology, chemistry…).

For more details on ROVs and associated Science

HERMIONE Project: Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas www.eu-hermione.net/
The SERPENT Project: Deep Sea Research using ROVs www.serpentproject.com/
Classroom@sea www.classroomatsea.net/JC010/features/ROV_Isis.html
www.classroomatsea.net/JC010/features/ROV_coring.html