This September, I had the opportunity to attend the 7th EGO Conference at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, United Kingdom. The EGO forum brought scientists, engineers, students and industry professionals together to discuss their insights and experiences in the innovation of glider technology and its role in both oceanographic research and ocean observing systems.
Many conference attendees weren’t aware of our glider program, but they were impressed once they learned about the breadth of our program, from oceanographic monitoring in conjunction with DFO to providing environmental context for animal movements to collecting acoustic data for the Whale Habitat and Listening experiment (WHaLE) to training external personnel in glider operations.
I feel that we have a lot to learn from Europe regarding glider coordination, and I’m excited that glider operators are willing to coordinate and share expertise. It was a very valuable experience and I look forward to sharing this new knowledge with the rest of the team at OTN and MEOPAR.
Also, if you’re a Haligonian and plan on travelling to Southampton, know this: it looks a lot like Halifax.
Until next time,
Richard Davis, technical team lead for OTN/MEOPAR