After nearly seven years of planning, the HD-YLAKE field program has finally begun. The first step is getting all the gear to the Park and putting everything together. We couldn’t have done it without support from the Yellowstone National Park staff, who have been incredibly generous with their various resources.
This month, several of the HD-YLAKE science teams are beginning their research in the lake. One of those groups is the REMUS group. REMUS is an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), i.e., an underwater robot with no leash. We are using REMUS to generate high-resolution maps of the lake floor and to find places where thermal fluids are discharging into the lake. The thermal fluids have lots of bubbles (CO2, SO2), and these are easy to detect with REMUS’ sonar system. Photos by Rob Sohn, WHOI. Work was completed under an authorized Yellowstone Research Permit.