Gliders

California’s underwater glider network tracks ocean heat, thermal stratification, nutrients, pH, dissolved oxygen; Providing critical in-water measurements to predictive modeling systems. Typically, the gliders sample water temperature, salinity, chlorophyll fluorescence and acoustic backscatter from the surface to 500 meters depth. Gliders provide a cost-effective means for documenting hypoxia, ocean acidification, stratification (∂T/∂z), and upwelling. 

Glider observations are supported collaboratively by MBARI, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and CeNCOOS with funding from NOAA and the State of California. Use the listing below to see details for each mission and access data from both active and previous glider missions.

Active Glider Missions

Mission Location Begin End
Line 66.7 Monterey Bay / Offshore 2007 Ongoing
Line 56.7 (Pt. Arena) Point Arena 2019 recovered
Trinidad Trinidad Head / Offshore 2015 recovered
NPS G29 Monterey Bay Area July 2020 deployed
NPS G34 Monterey Bay Area July 2020 deployed

 

Completed Glider Missions

Mission Location Begin End
NPS G34 Monterey Bay Area April 2017 recovered
Nemesis Monterey Bay Area November 2017 recovered
UCSC 294 UCSC 294 ECOHAB / CANON 2015-05 2015-06
UCSC 260 UCSC 260 ECOHAB / CANON 2015-05 2015-06
TEX Wave Glider Monterey Bay 2014-02-06 2014-02-28
Wave Glider Monterey Bay 2013-07-20 2013-10-05
NPS Glider 34 Monterey Bay 2013-08-29 2013-10-27
NPS Glider 29 Monterey Bay 2013-08-29 2013-10-27
CANON 2013 UCSC 294 Monterey Bay 2013-09-20 2013-10-27
BENEX 2011 Monterey Bay 2011-08-16 2011-10-27
Glider Track Below are data from the Naval Post Graduate School SPRAY glider 34 deployed in July 2020 in Monterey
A link to the SCRIPPS Spray glider site.
Current Glider Position Track (blue line) and current location (red dot) A glider continuously transects CalCOFI Line 66.7 between Monterey
This glider continuously transects from approximately 10km offshore of Trinidad Head to about 300 km offshore, repeating the line every 15-20
Current Glider Position Track (blue line) and current location (red dot) A glider continuously transects CalCOFI Line 56.7 between Pt.
Glider Track Below are data from the Naval Post Graduate School SPRAY glider 29 deployed in May 6, 2019 in