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Generate high-resolution maps of water quality while collecting bathymetry


Collect high-resolution data without getting your feet wet. The EcoMapper is a unique AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) designed specifically for mapping water quality, water currents and bathymetry.

underwater AUV vehicle

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Monitoring the natural environment can be challenging. We have designed a monitoring platform that will generate the highest-resolution data at a low cost and low risk to your personnel.

Key Applications:

  • Baseline Monitoring
  • Source Water Mapping
  • Event Response
  • Bottom Mapping
  • Point Source and Non-point Source Mapping
  • Oceanographic Research

This water quality AUV has a YSI 6600 V2 bulkhead built in for collection of up to 10 water quality parameters in large water bodies.

Other features include side-scan sonar imaging and a Doppler velocity log for accurate navigation below surface.


  • Flexible options for water quality, bottom mapping, and water current profiling
  • Also option for side-scan sonar
  • Deployable by one person
  • Easy and fast mission planning
  • 8-12 hour run times at speeds of 2-4 knots
  • Continuous data stream as vehicle moves through water column

Not sure about making an instrument purchase? YSI offers water quality and bathymetry mapping services with the EcoMapper AUV. Please contact us at  for more information.



YSI EcoMapper AUV Specifications

Communication 2.4 GHz radio link when on the surface to download missions and upload collected data
Control Four independent control planes
Diameter 5.8 in, 14.73 cm
Length 60.1 in, 152.6 cm standard; 63.6 in, 160.8 cm with DVL
Weight 45 lbs, 20.4 kg standard; 60 lbs, 27.2 kg with DVL
Endurance 8-12 hours at speed of 2.5 knots
Energy 600-800 WHrs of rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries (>300 cycles)
External Hook-up Data Wireless 802.11g 2.4 Ghz Ethernet
Power 10-pin DC charge voltage in
Navigation Surface: GPS (WAAS corrected); Subsurface: Bottom tracking or water tracking with DVL; or dead reckoning with compass
Onboard Electronics Intel processor with Windows XP; 80 GB disk drive for data collection
Propulsion System 3-blade propeller
Sensors CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth); salinity; blue-green algae; chlorophyll; dissolved oxygen; ORP; pH; rhodamine; turbidity
Sonar Side-scan
Speed Range 1-4 knots
Doppler Velocity Log

6-Beam DVL for navigation, bathymetry, current profiling (down)
10-Beam DVL for navigation, bathymetry, current profiling (up and down)





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