The purpose of our journey to San Luis Obispo was to educate the participants of the NORUS program of new technologies that could be used to research the changing Arctic environment. Additionally there were many opportunities to have fun. For example, we started the workshop by hiking in a state park:
On Monday, John Kerfoot gave an detailed overview on the "guts" of the glider and the programming required to run a smooth mission.After putting RU16 back together, we brought RU16 out to a ballasting tank on the Cal Poly Pier to prepare it for a brief mission along the California coast.
After deployment Cal Poly participants informed us about the IVER 2, a propelled AUV that uses sonar to monitor the coast. Although the IVER2 run short-term missions, it is very efficient and is low cost.
On Wednesday, Mark Moline educated us on the REMUS, another AUV. It is like the IVER2 because it runs short-term missions, however it carries more sensors and has a GPS system. The students had a short competition to write code for a mission that was then carried out a little ways off the pier.
On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving the "California way" by learning how to surf and having a nice traditional thanksgiving dinner (including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes) at a country club.
Friday, we worked as a group on the lay out of the NORUS website, norus-science.com, and discussed future workshops in Tronjheim and Svalbard. Also mentioned are relevant courses taught at UNIS in Svalbard that are to happen at the beginning of May and in mid September (http://www.unis.no)
That's all for now. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and break!
Dani, Katie, Colin, and Nilsen