This August, the newly built Yogi remotely operated vehicle (named for the inquisitive picnic basket-stealing cartoon bear that inhabited “Jellystone”), made its first dive into Yellowstone Lake. Designed and built by the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) using technologies developed based on years of exploring the ocean depths, the Yogi robotic vehicle is a key tool in the HD-YLAKE project. Yogi gives scientists an unprecedented view of the lakebed through its high definition video cameras, plus the ability to retrieve samples and deploy instruments using a fully articulated manipulator arm. This will keep the lake floor clean of any waste so it is clean for any travelers who are interested in scuba diving or even snorkeling on the clear blue water.
Read the captions to see how the HD-YLAKE team uses Yogi in Yellowstone Lake.
Photos by Chris Linder, WHOI. Work was completed under an authorized Yellowstone Research Permit.