To address long-standing gaps on the east coast, SECOORA is investing in a regional glider observatory to gather historically lacking data on shelf circulation and water properties in the South Atlantic Bight. The Atlantic gliders will operate in coastal waters from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Cape Hatteras, N.C., the area known as the South Atlantic Bight.
The SECOORA funded glider network led by the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will soon move through South Carolina waters taking temperature and salinity readings, and listen for fish behavior. Glider data could help fishermen increase their hauls, among other things. The network will be the first regularly funded program of its kind in the region, according to the institute. It will span an area of the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to North Carolina through which the gliders will cruise at a leisurely pace.