Gliderpalooza 2014 Already Far Exceeding Last Year’s Efforts!

Last year’s Gliderpalooza was a success with a total of 17 deployments from 14 different gliders. But Gliderpalooza 2014 is bigger and better. The number of gliders (20) and the 27 glider deployments so far this year have nearly doubled those from last year!

This is a direct result of the increased number of participating groups, 17 this year compared to 12 last year, which has greatly expanded the spatial coverage of glider data collection from Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico, boosted the number of sensors and types of data being collected, and increased the amount of data available to the participating glider and modeling groups. There are currently 10 active deployments (Fig. 1; http://marine.rutgers.edu/cool/auvs/sfmc/) with at least 12 more planned through the end of November.

Figure 1. Map showing active glider deployments as of Oct. 1, 2014.
Figure 1. Map showing active glider deployments as of Oct. 1, 2014.

So stay tuned for further updates, and the one major lesson learned this year: The more the merrier!