SeaCat detects climate-damaging gas in North Sea

21 Jan, 2014 00:00
SeaCat detects climate-damaging gas in North Sea
From 13th to 19th January 2014 the underwater vehicle SeaCat was successfully used within a project that works with sonar and AUV systems to detect climate-damaging CO2/CH4 gas in the sea.

In cooperation with the hydrography department and the University of Bremen, gas leaks from the sea bed or pipelines could be autonomously detected and inspected by underwater vehicles, lately.

In order to create a first data base, the AUV SeaCat was used with two different SwapHeads in the North Sea, south of the Doggerbank. This area is known for several gas leaks.

Despite bad weather conditions causing 3m high waves, a few missions could be conducted. Still, the data collected was less than the actual target value.

However, the University employees, already owning an AUV of the Canadian company ISE, were considerably impressed by the SeaCat's capabilities.