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Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) acquired three Teledyne Webb Research G3 Slocum gliders and underwent operational and maintenance training in preparation for a glider science project starting in spring 2023 By Caroline Rees / 26 Jan 2023
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Teledyne Marine has completed delivery of three Webb Research G3 Slocum gliders to the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) for use in its multidisciplinary applied marine research to address major scientific questions about the oceans and seas. 

NIOZ scientists, engineers, and ship technicians recently underwent operational and maintenance training on the systems with field support staff from Teledyne Webb Research and the UK’s National Oceanographic Center (NOC), which is Teledyne’s European Slocum Service Center. 

This training was conducted in Spain at SOCIB facilities in preparation for the glider science project to be undertaken initially by the RV Pelagia in the North Sea in spring 2023.

The Nose project will study the absorption of CO2 in the North Sea. Slocum gliders were acquired with a grant from the NWO Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure (NWO-GWI), awarded in 2020 to a broad nationwide marine research consortium of universities, institutes, and TO2 institutions.

“After tendering, we opted for cooperation with Teledyne Webb Research in the United States of America,” said Marck Smit, NIOZ Sea Research. “For us, the G3 Slocum Glider proved to be a flexible platform with long endurance and an acoustic data transfer capability.” 

Deploying a Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Glider


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