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Providing AUVs for

the Weddell Sea Expedition

Ocean Infinity technology played a pivotal role in a major international Antarctic science expedition, and a search for Shackleton’s Endurance.

How Ocean Infinity Helped

In January and February 2019, a major international scientific expedition explored one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, using Ocean Infinity’s state-of-the-art technology to investigate the impact of climate change in the region.

The expedition focused on the scientific investigation of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea. Ocean Infinity provided the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) technology which enabled measurement of a range of important physical and biological parameters beneath the ice shelf and the sea-ice. The data collected provided information on the little-studied biological systems of this extreme environment, and together with above-ice measurements, contributed to the understanding of sea-ice conditions in the Weddell Sea and the implications for ocean currents and climate change.

The AUVs and the ROV were also used to search for the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was crushed by sea ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

Ocean Infinity was very pleased to be able to play a role in supporting a truly pioneering expedition, and to use its our innovative technology to help collate more vital information regarding climate change through the most detailed and advanced studies ever conducted on the state of the ice shelf.

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