UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

The robots are automatic ocean sensors, also known as Argo floats, and part of the UNESCO-IOC led Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). GSOS measures the temperature and the salinity of the global ocean in real time by maintaining a network of at least 3,000 Argo floats, over all ocean areas without ice-cover.

The Multi One Attitude Foundation aims to raise awareness on preserving oceans and reducing the "water footprint."

UNESCO-IOC underscores that a better understanding of the ocean is needed to improve climate projections, reduce risks stemming from storms and floods, and optimize governmental climate change mitigation policies. [UNESCO Press Release]