WHAT ITÂ´S FOR
We’re used to seeing how weather works, with its high- and low-pressure areas, its storms, and so forth. Things are pretty much similar in the sea, and it’s important to know how currents and whirlpools work in order to come up with forecasting models. These models enable us to do things such as:
- Know in what direction an oil spill is going to move. If we know where it's heading, we can try to contain it so that it does the least possible damage to the environment.
- Know how the oceans are reacting to climate change.
- Know how severe winter storms affect the sea. These extreme phenomena can have an impact on marine ecosystems.
- In the future, gliders will have more advanced sensors that will allow us to measure nitrites, nitrates, pH, alkalinity, etc. This will allow us to take better care of our Marine Protected Areas, among other things.