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Uncrewed surface vehicle makes studying the ocean easy and affordable


Artur Zolich is a postdoc at NTNU's Department of Engineering Cybernetics. He and collaborators from the Department of Biology have developed a robot water sampler they have called "Pamela". Credit: NTNU

"Pamela" is an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) developed as an entrepreneurial idea at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for sampling a variety of surface water particles, from microplastic to plankton to salmon lice. The USV is a joint effort by an interdisciplinary team—Andrea Faltynkova, a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Biology, and Artur Zolich, a postdoc at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.

Faltynkova studies microplastics in the ocean. Microplastics are bits of plastic smaller than 5 mm, which is roughly the size of the end of a pencil. While researchers know that microplastics can have negative effects on marine or freshwater organisms, there's less known about how they affect human health ...


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