An Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is set to deploy at Sodus Point Beach on Wednesday May 15th at 8:00 A.M.. We realize this is short notice however the mission was weather dependent and the Village was just notified of the launch early this morning.
The AUV is a 42lb underwater vehicle that looks very much like a small torpedo. It is equipped with sensors for temperature, algae, Blue-green algae and a whole host of other things. The main reason that NOAA is interested in it is that we want to know how much of the material leaving Sodus Bay in the spring gets trapped in the nearshore region just outside of the harbor. They do that by finding temperature differences between the nearshore and offshore waters.
This is the first time this type of equipment has been in Lake Ontario but it really is the wave of the future.
The plan current is :
Wednesday, May 15th 8:00 A.M. -the send off is at Sodus Point Beach Park.
The AUV will do the same type of thing – namely go out, find the temperature differences and then come home. The plan is for an 8:00 am launch and a 3:-4 pm retrieval.
This is weather dependent so if the waves are too big the mission may need to be aborted.