Researchers are creating underwater robots to study microplastics and map the ocean

Christopher Morency, PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, is securing a robot he helped build to collect data underwater. He and a team of researchers were testing the robot at Claytor Lake in August, 2022. (Credit: Roxy Todd)

Researchers at Virginia Tech are developing underwater robots, to be able to map the ocean and study the impacts of microplastics in the water.

They recently tested one beneath the surface of Claytor Lake, in the New River Valley.

Roxy Todd joined them and filed this story.

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