The JetYak

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Team Members:

Fiametta Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Lonny Lippsett, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Production Assistance: Daniel Cojanu and Elise Hugus, UnderCurrent Productions


The JetYak is an inexpensive autonomous surface vehicle designed to collect oceanographic data from shallow or dangerous waters. In 2013, researchers took a prototype JetYak to Greenland to measure freshwater flow at the front of a calving glacier. Developers envision many other applications to measure physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Original Publication: 

Kimball, P., Bailey, J. , Das, S. , Geyer, R., Harrison, T. , Kunz, C., Manganini, K., Mankoff, K. , Samuelson, K.,  Sayre-McCord, T., Straneo, F., Traykovski, P., Singh, H. 2015. The WHOI Jetyak: An autonomous surface vehicle for oceanographic research in shallow or dangerous waters. IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV): 10.1109/AUV.2014.7054430.

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Support Provided by: National Science Foundation Grant No.1418256; Office of Naval Research, WHOI Ocean and Climate Change Institute, The James M. and Ruth P. Clark Arctic Research Initiative

By the Numbers

Over 40,000 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 25 countries participated as judges in the 2016 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.