A group of researchers and engineers led by professor Brian Helmuth over at Northeastern University have developed a compact and exceptionally high-tech marine robot that is designed to make use of an array of sensors to monitor the impact of climate change on underwater environments.
These marine robots' designs were inspired by mussels, and accordingly these robots were attached to mussel beds in locations around the world. This was done due to the fact that mussels' body temperatures are known to be a strong indicator of marine and air temperature variations. By placing the robotic mussels in different regions across the world, the project benefits from the ability to compare marine environments in differing environments.
By wirelessly conveying data to the scientific team, these mussel-inspired marine robots help scientists develop strategies to battle the deleterious effects of climate change on the mussels' natural habitats.