Unique underwater craft provides new opportunities

Sweden’s first autonomous underwater craft for research purposes was put into operation in the autumn of 2018. This makes it possible to make detailed studies of the sea bottom at great depths and under 500-metre-thick ice sheets, environments previously inaccessible to researchers.

“Through such studies, we can follow the climate’s evolution thousands of years ago. Among other things, we can find out how far the Antarctic ice cap extended and how fast melting took place in previous ice ages and interglacial periods,” says Anna Wåhlin, professor of oceanography.