The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI has ordered an underwater glider equipped with sensors collecting multidisciplinary data for marine research. The glider will help the FMI to diversify its marine data collection methods. The glider is the first of its kind in Finland, and it opens up new possibilities in, for example, assessing the future of the Baltic Sea more precisely.
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Acquiring the glider is the latest step for Finnish marine research in using the most modern automatic technology. The device is an unmanned satellite-controlled instrument, which travels with help of gravitational and buoyant forces as it dives constantly between the surface and the seabed, following a route that has been programmed beforehand. The glider collects information about the entire water column.