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Insight into H-USV applications: MASTS

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

ACUA Ocean recently attended MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) Annual Science Meeting (ASM). The MASTS research agenda is driven by contributions to the vision of ‘clean, healthy, safe, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long-term needs of people and nature’ through various forums and research. As an emerging technology provider, our participation in MASTS ASM presented an invaluable opportunity to connect with sector leaders, share insights, and explore collaborative avenues in the evolving realm of marine research.

The conference commenced with an exchange of ideas during the technical presentations touching on topics ranging from minke whale migration to sediment carbon stores. ACUAs attendant, Science and Communication Lead Liberty Denman, fielded subsequent collaborative discussions underscoring the potential of the H-USV in diverse marine science applications. These focussed particularly around deployment of long-endurance platforms for collecting high resolution data at scale showcasing the H-USVs adaptability and relevance in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by the marine science community. Of particular focus was the need to deploy larger sensor payloads and collect data in real-time. Traditional methods using crewed vessels are not cost effective nor scalable, while buoys lack the "intelligent platform" capabilities for sensor deployment and satelitte comms.

The third day unfolded with workshops that delved into key areas shaping the future of marine research. ACUA Ocean actively participated in sessions focused on natural capital assessment, highlighting the importance of progressing in this field for securing sustainable financing for marine conservation. This approach aligns with the broader industry's movement towards Blue Finance. In particular, the increasing recognition of the importance of data baselining, followed by persistent MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) of the impact of projects, programmes and technologies on restoration and regeneration of marine biodiversity and ocean health.

From collaborating with industry leaders to exploring the applications of natural capital assessment and machine learning, our journey underscored the pivotal role that the H-USV plays in advancing marine research. 


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