Guided Surface Vehicles

EPA Grant Number: X832302C008
Subproject: this is subproject number 008 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant X832302
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (C–SPACE)
Center Director: D'Elia, Christopher F
Title: Guided Surface Vehicles
Investigators: Steimle, Eric
Institution: University of South Florida
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2008
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Targeted Research

Objective:

Guided surface vehicles (GSVs) are finding a niche as mobile instrument platforms with many uses ranging from environmental monitoring to security-oriented monitoring. They are versatile, inexpensive and easily configurable.

The University of South Florida at St. Petersburg’s (USF-SP) GSV (dubbed “Rocky”) is outfitted with a wireless computer interface that allows instrumentation to be deployed and controlled by a remote user or autonomously by the vehicle. “Rocky” is currently 72 inches long and 38 inches wide, has a 250 pound payload capacity, and can travel at speeds up to 4 knots. “Rocky” is battery powered, utilizing a twin-screw design for steering, making it highly maneuverable.

Supplemental Keywords:

water, watersheds, groundwater, land, soil, marine, estuary, chemicals, toxics, PCB, heavy metals, ecosystem, restoration, terrestrial, aquatic, habitat, innovative technology, remediation, restoration, public policy, decision making, modeling, monitoring, analytical, remote sensing, Florida, FL, EPA Region 4, social science, Florida (FL), Phosphate rock mining (SIC 1475), water, orthophosphate, total phosphorus, Tampa Bay, Bishops Harbor, Cockroach Bay, sediment, pore water,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2006 Progress Report
  • 2007
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    X832302    Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (C–SPACE)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    X832302C001 Past and Present Water Quality in Florida Coastal Waters
    X832302C002 Cyanobacteria Proliferation and Eutrophication in Florida Lakes
    X832302C003 Reactive Metal Particle Emulsions for Removal of PCBs
    X832302C004 The Social and Environmental Dimensions of Xeriscaping: A Pathway for Ameliorating Coastal Environments
    X832302C005 An Historical Perspective on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Phosphate Industry on the Tampa Bay Region
    X832302C006 Interfacing SWAT and PHABSIM: A Potential GIS-based Water Resource Management Tool
    X832302C007 Acquisition of Counters for Gamma-Emitting Radioisotopes
    X832302C008 Guided Surface Vehicles
    X832302C009 Science Journalism
    X832302C010 Administration and Outreach