Since 2018, the University of the Virgin Islands has collaborated with partners to support their ocean glider missions around the US Virgin Islands and NE Caribbean. UVI has partnered in international glider missions and built research relationships with neighboring countries. In 2022, the UVI Ocean Glider Laboratory was established through an NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award.
UVI gliders (1000m and 200 m) have Conductivity-Temperature-Depth-Dissolved Oxygen profiling , AD2CP Ocean current profiling, and DMON2 passive acoustic monitoring capabilities. UVI Ocean Glider Laboratory operations are carried out with support from UVI staff, and graduate and undergraduate students, with technical assistance from experienced glider technicians and scientists at Rutgers University (NJ) Center for Ocean Observing Leadership.
The UVI Ocean Glider Laboratory is part of the UVI Center for Marina and Environmental Studies in the UVI College of Science and Mathematics. The lab is located in the new XIIID Innovation Center on the UVI Orville E. Kean campus in St. Thomas, where the gliders are maintained, piloted, and used as ocean science research and STEM teaching resources.
The lab is supported at present through grants from NOAA and the National Science Foundation, and by VI-EPSCoR. Rutgers University is a partner, supporting glider operations and training.
While at sea, glider data are transmitted by satellite and are available in real-time to researchers and the public. Glider Lab Principal Investigator and oceanographer Doug Wilson welcomes inquiries about the program (firstname.lastname@example.org).