Seven years post-Katrina, New Orleans faces a new threat with Hurricane Isaac. On August 28, 2012, the Hurricane reached Category 1 level but on the 29th was downgraded to a tropical storm. Still posing a threat to the city and citizens, valuable information about the track of the hurricane is vital. Early this month the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a solar-powered, Wave Glider robot, Alex, into the ocean to provide accurate data from the middle of the action. Alex provides many new benefits to ocean science because it is a craft that can deal with extreme conditions, it’s very mobile, it can travel great distances and it uses constant renewable energy. To learn more about the Wave Glider’s potential, visit the Liquid Robotics website.