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Keeping a float: UD researchers gather data from high-tech float launched near Antarctica

Keeping a float:  UD researchers gather data from high-tech float launched near Antarctica

Off the coast of Antarctica, a 4-foot-long, bright yellow tube is drifting through the Southern Ocean and collecting scientific data on the frigid surrounding water.

The recently launched device, called a float, will provide researchers at the University of Delaware — and around the world — with valuable information on ocean conditions in this little-monitored region.

“It’s hard to get down there,” explained Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). “It’s remote, and ice can be a problem.”