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Fleet of sailboat drones could monitor climate change’s effect on oceans

Carrying a suite of 15 instruments, saildrones 1005 and 1006 started their Pacific journey last September from Alameda, California. JENNIFER KEENE, UW/JISAO AND NOAA PMEL

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The voyage is the longest test for the drones and also the first science test in the Pacific—an important step in showing that they could replace an aging and expensive array of buoys that are the main way scientists sniff out signs of climate-disrupting El Niño events.