The Ocean Technology Research Program supports the Sarasota Operations – Coastal Ocean Observing Laboratory (SO-COOL) which generates and disseminates physical, chemical and biological data to facilitate the study and management of our local coastal environment by researchers and agency resource managers. Routine cross-continental shelf transects are “flown” with a robotic, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV or glider), providing near real-time data on temperature, salinity, and other physical parameters via satellite communications.
In addition, Ocean Instrument technicians and engineers are developing advanced ocean sensing instrumentation to monitor water quality parameters in collaboration with other Mote research program areas as well as university and agency partners to examine oceanographic research questions. Examples include the study of colored dissolved organic matter and its transport from the estuaries to the deep ocean, of importance to climate research, studies of oceanic heat flux and budgets, and for the investigation of critical biological processes in the coastal environment such as red tide and the support of fisheries populations. Additional projects have developed new designs of toxin detection and collection instruments and a Bycatch-friendly Electronic Fishing Buoy. The college student intern will work with Ocean Instrument technicians, engineers and other scientists to maintain and deploy the AUV interpret and report data, and assist with advanced ocean instrumentation fabrication, testing and implementation. The student should have technical experience and be able to work from boats and in water.