One of the application for Protei sailing robots could be to sense and map plastic pollution in real-time. If we don't know where the plastic is in the ocean, how can we ever collect it?
Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine life on the planet. In fact the variety of life supported by coral reefs rivals that of the tropical forests of the Amazon or New Guinea. But without urgent action to address climate change, pollution, overfishing and other threats these beautiful and life-sustaining organisms could disappear.
Oil spills happen all around the world all the time. Protei was initially developed to CLEAN oil spills. It turns out, sailing autonomous robots to capture large areas of drifting materials is extremely difficult, but simpler things such as SENSING oil, could be achieve on a shorter timeline.
Radioactivity in the ocean is a naturally occurring phenomenon but recent events such as the Fukushima Nuclear accident continue to be an issue as more radioactive elements are leaking into the ocean in large quantities. The long-term effects of radioactivity in the ocean on wildlife are not well understood may it be in terms of population as well as mutations and evolutionary processes. Just as CO2 proved to a precious measure to understand climate change, radioactivity may become a valuable indicator to assess our oceans health and of marine life. Ocean radioactivity affects our environment, our food, our public and personal health. Having a fleet of sailing drones providing timely and accurate data of ocean radioactivity would be helpful.