|Project Description: ||Collecting water quality data in shallow water areas has several difficulties. These include covering large territories, inaccessibility due to soft bottom and contamination. The high probability of disturbing the test area while manually placing sensors can affect the data collection. For these reasons, a remotely operated shallow-draft boat was developed by the Department of Computing and Mathematical Science in conjunction with the Division of Nearshore Research (DNR) of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The project is funded by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Grant. This prototype is designed to collect water quality and other environmental data along with GPS coordinates and water depth level information. The acquired data is transmitted wirelessly through a radio to a docking and control station on shore; then, data is logged to a PC for immediate or future processing.