Underwater robots monitor water quality, keep tabs on pollutants

August 19, 2014

sub_inlineMuch of the drinking water for arid Phoenix, Arizona, comes from expansive Lake Pleasant, and monitoring water quality is a regional priority.

Enter a pod of super-sleuthing, pollution-hunting underwater robots, designed by a team of scientists, including Marin Kobilarov, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering. The robots are equipped with propellers, cameras, environmental sensors, and wireless routers to keep tabs on everything from water temperature to blue-green algae to oxygen—and even pollutants.


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