Strider captures underwater sound in Monterey Bay

Hydro-acoustic data is being collected regularly these days. Most of the collection is being conducted free-floating hydrophones some stationary devices on the seafloor. These make up arrays that can give scientists insight into a lot of seismic, human-made, and biological noises.

The Perfect Trident Field Kit

After searching through the records of our own trips we’ve come up with what we consider a good basic field kit for any Trident deployment.

Introducing Strider: The Affordable, Modular ASV

The Sofar Strider is a coastal, near-shore and inland water monitoring platform capable of extended range and multiple sensor configurations.

Deploying Spotter From An Airplane

To provide precise information of ocean weather where we need it, the ability to deploy ocean sensor systems from the air is critical.

Top Ten Shore Dive Locations in the U.S. for Underwater Drones

There’s a lot more to see close to shore than you think. The new class of remotely operated vehicles or underwater drones like Trident makes them far more accessible. Check out our list of favorites.

Minimizing the Risk of Invasive Species on ROVs

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), like any machine or equipment used in marine or freshwater applications, present a potential risk for the transmission of invasive species. If not properly cleaned and treated, they may introduce novel species into new regions.

Connecting Mavericks

For a big wave surfer, knowing the exact wave conditions matters. Grant Washburn deployed a Spotter just offshore of Mavericks, California's big-wave surfspot.

Spotter Array Explores the Southern Ocean

After a year-long 4,000 mile voyage through the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean, while being exposed to some of the largest waves on the planet, Spotters cross the stormy waters of the Drake Passage.

Close Encounter With A Great White Shark

Dominik Fretz took his Trident to Isla Guadalupe to help shark researchers. Watch the video for a close-up view of a Great White Shark bite.

Spotter Measures Surface Winds

Wind blowing over the ocean drives the generation of short surface waves and whitecaps. From detailed measurement of the so-called equilibrium range in the wave spectrum, Spotter derives wind speed and direction

Spotter Improves Marine Forecasts in Fiji

New buoy technology provides better wave forecasts and ocean weather data for remote islands with critical coral ecology challenges.

Spotter Meets 3D Vision in the Mediterranean Sea

The ISMAR research team led by Dr. Alvise Benetazzo uses Spotters to study the interaction between atmosphere and ocean.

Spotter Helps Costal Monitoring Network in New Caledonia

SPC has deployed a Spotter buoy off Nouméa's Southern coast, as part of the "Regional Coastal Warning Network.

Data Validation: Spotter Takes a Stand

To provide a direct validation of the Spotter motion sensing capabilities, we purpose-built a motion-controlled teststand that enables detailed simulation of realistic ocean surface motions.

Data Validation: Statistics at Mavericks

To compare the Spotter data with traditional scientific instrumentation, we deploy a Spotter alongside a Datawell Waverider near Mavericks, the California big-wave surf spot. Detailed comparison of spectra and directional moments confirms outstanding Spotter data quality.

Deploying Spotter From An Airplane

To provide precise information of ocean weather where we need it, the ability to deploy ocean sensor systems from the air is critical.

Introducing Strider: The Affordable, Modular ASV

The Sofar Strider is a coastal, near-shore and inland water monitoring platform capable of extended range and multiple sensor configurations.

Trident Update 1.6.0

Sofar joins EMODnet

Announcing Spotter v2 with SST

Over time we’ve learned from our deployments in the field to make gradual refinements in material choices and mechanical design to Spotter. With these changes and a newly incorporated sensor, we are proud to introduce: Spotter v2. 

Spotter Measures Surface Winds

Wind blowing over the ocean drives the generation of short surface waves and whitecaps. From detailed measurement of the so-called equilibrium range in the wave spectrum, Spotter derives wind speed and direction

How to Stream Your Trident Dive Live to the Internet

Minimizing the Risk of Invasive Species on ROVs

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), like any machine or equipment used in marine or freshwater applications, present a potential risk for the transmission of invasive species. If not properly cleaned and treated, they may introduce novel species into new regions.

The Perfect Trident Field Kit

After searching through the records of our own trips we’ve come up with what we consider a good basic field kit for any Trident deployment.

Distributed Ocean Data Reduces Errors in Marine Weather Forecasts

We deployed an array of 200 weather sensors in the Pacific and assimilate the data in our global models. We have reduced forecast rms errors by over 20%, providing the highest fidelity wave forecasts in the world.