A Critical Survey On Marsupial Robotic Teams for Environmental Monitoring of Water Bodies

Francisco Marques, Andre Lourenco, Ricardo Mendonca, Eduardo Pinto, Paulo Rodrigues, Pedro Santana, Jose Barata

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A robust maintenance of ecosystems demands for highly accurate and frequent monitoring of their status. The extension and remoteness of some environments renders their human-based monitoring extremely difficult. Riverine environments are a notorious example, as their sampling requires to bear into account both streams and riverbanks. The relevance of monitoring riverine environments is magnified by the intricate interactions that occur between river waters and coastal waters. This article provides a critical survey of existing solutions using robots for environmental monitoring of water bodies. Based on the survey, this article argues that autonomous robotic marsupial systems are especially adequate for the tasks at hand. Lessons learned, as well as future avenues on the application of marsupial robotic teams to environmental monitoring, are laid out in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2015 - GENOVA
Subtitle of host publicationDiscovering Sustainable Ocean Energy for a New World
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-8737-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventOceans 2015 Genova - Genova, Italy
Duration: 18 May 201521 May 2015


ConferenceOceans 2015 Genova



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Marques, F., Lourenco, A., Mendonca, R., Pinto, E., Rodrigues, P., Santana, P., & Barata, J. (2015). A Critical Survey On Marsupial Robotic Teams for Environmental Monitoring of Water Bodies. In OCEANS 2015 - GENOVA: Discovering Sustainable Ocean Energy for a New World IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/OCEANS-Genova.2015.7271737