On 10 February 2015, the Gulf Glider Task Team of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) held a webinar on the benefits of using Autonomous Underwater Gliders (AUGs) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) as observing platforms across the Gulf of Mexico, with discussion on the existing capabilities, current research endeavors, and strategies for further implementation.

The goals of the webinar were to:
1)   Describe the different AUG and ASV platforms currently in use,
2)   Present different monitoring applications for AUGs and ASVs, and
3)   Outline the use of AUGs and ASVs by our nearby neighbors (Mexico, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System, and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association), as well as describe the National Glider Network Plan.

Over 65 individuals from private industry, research/academia, and government participated in the productive webinar. Participants from the GCOOS-RA, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Naval Research Lab, Texas A&M University, and the U.S. Integrated Observing System (IOOS) gave presentations.

To access the webinar recording, go to  http://gcoos.tamu.edu/?page_id=8902.

Banner image courtesy Dr. Steven DiMarco, TAMU.