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(e-URready4OS) racking in-water oil spills before reaching the sur- pacity of responding to these events.

face by using new emerging robotic technologies is Expanded Underwater Robotics ready for Oil Spills (e-UR- bridging the gap between existing traditional tech- ready4OS) is a European Union co-funded project (Director-

Tnologies (modelling and satellites) as decision sup- ate General – European Civil Protection and Humanitarian port system for decision makers. Underwater oil plumes can Aid Operations, DG-ECHO) aimed to join forces to make come from bottom leaks or from surface patches forming sub- available a ? eet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), surface plumes as recently been demonstrated. The distributed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface ve- intelligence of these devices across the spill combined with hicles (USVs) with operational capability to intervene against hydrodynamic modelling is able to build up a highly accurate oil spills using new cooperative multivehicle robotic technolo- and dynamic image of the spill. This cooperating multivehicle gies (

robotic technology will allow a cheap, ? exible, expandable, This project is a natural extension of the URready4OS previ- precise and rapid decision support system, improving the ca- ous project in which the concept of a cooperative multivehicle

Two AUVs and one USV in their parking positions ready to start a mission.

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