An autonomous vehicle powered by ocean waves and the sun is monitoring the health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Wave Glider vehicle, pioneered by Boeing subsidiary Liquid Robotics, uses sensor technology to gather data in real-time. as it travels along the surface of the ocean. Working with Boeing the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has demonstrated its value in providing valuable information on the condition of the Great Barrier Reef.

AIMS head of Data and Technology Innovation Lyndon Llewellyn said: “We are impressed with the number of different measurements it could conduct at the same time and its ability to transmit the data back to our base immediately and reliably while navigating and performing its mission.”

He added: “The Wave Glider technology will be an important tool to advance our mission to better monitor the Great Barrier Reef.”