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RS-232 Sensor Integration Guide

RS-232 Sensor Integration Guide

Unlike analog auxiliary sensors, instruments that output serial RS-232 data are more challenging to integrate with Sea-Bird Scientific CTDs. Despite RS-232 being a standard communication protocol, most instruments have a unique data output format and command set. As...

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Sea-Bird Scientific Photo Contest

Sea-Bird Scientific Photo Contest

From today until April 30th , submit your best photos and view entries to our 5 categories for a chance to win one of several prizes, including Sea-Bird Scientific swag and some grand prizes. Most Biofouled Sea-Bird Scientific instrument: biofouling sets in and–in...

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Tech Tip: Cable Search

Tech Tip: Cable Search

Consider this hypothetical situation: you find a loose cable with a 6-pin connector and a 4-pin connector - exactly what you need to connect an oxygen sensor to your CTD. However, just because the cable ends fit on the instrument connectors, you still don’t know if...

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Q&A: Temperature Mismatch

Q&A: Temperature Mismatch

Although they should match perfectly, the two sensors rarely reported the same temperature value throughout their deployment. Furthermore, the 16plusV2 appeared to stop logging, although the batteries still had life upon recovery. Can you identify the problem?

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Q&A: Diagnose This Profile

Q&A: Diagnose This Profile

The data shows conductivity from a 19plus deployed in a shallow estuarine river. The red line shows the CTD downcast and the green line shows the upcast. While the upcast data show the expected shape for a CTD profile (low conductivity at the surface, rising conductivity as the CTD descends), the downcast shows an unusual shape in until about 2.6 meters depth, where conductivity appears to suddenly correct itself.

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Discontinued – WQM and WQMX

Discontinued – WQM and WQMX

July 2020 Newsletter Over the past 12 years, the WQM and WQMX have been integral to accelerating the understanding of natural waters. This instrument family was the first collaboration between WET Labs and Sea-Bird Electronics before our companies became fully...

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Tech Tip: Julian Days Format

Tech Tip: Julian Days Format

Tech Tip: Julian Days Format “Julian Days” is a numerical timestamp format, calculated by Sea-Bird Scientific CTDs as the number of the days since Jan 1 of that year (e.g., noon on Feb 3 = 34.5). While this format is useful, it is usually more convenient to display...

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Q&A: Diagnosing Salinity Spikes

Q&A: Diagnosing Salinity Spikes

Q&A: Diagnosing Salinity Spikes The figure above shows a time series of salinity from a moored CTD. For most of the deployment, salinity showed frequent downward spikes, dropping from an expected range of 18-26 psu to near zero. Can you determine the cause?...

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Product Update | AC-9 Discontinuation and Service Timelines

Product Update | AC-9 Discontinuation and Service Timelines

In 2011, the Sea-Bird Scientific AC-9 (formerly WETLabs AC-9) was discontinu­ed and replaced by the Sea-Bird Scientific AC-S. We recognize that many users rely on Sea-Bird Scientific products for several years, so we have continued to offer Best Effort Service for the...

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Ocean Sciences 2020 Conference Posters

Ocean Sciences 2020 Conference Posters

Missed us at Ocean Sciences 2020? Check out digital copies of our Science Team’s conference posters to learn more about what they are working on: Field Performance of an ISFET Based Profiling pH SensorCharles W. Branham, Vladislav Simontov, Yuichiro Takeshita &...

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Featured Posts

UG2 Workshop 2022

We are so excited to be part of the upcoming Underwater Glider Workshop located in Seattle, Washington. This event is facilitated by the Underwater User Group, an organization supported by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing...

What is bioluminescence?

No - that glowing in the water in some marine environments isn't neon toxic glowing sludge - it's bioluminescence!  What do the deep-sea Angler Fish and the Crystal Jellyfish have in common? They both emit bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is the ability for an...

What is the UN Ocean Decade?

Did you get a chance to read about the HyperNAV program that we support in partnership with NASA? Sea-Bird Scientific is proud to be part of the NASA PACE Mission, which contributes to the UN Ocean Decade's 7 Outcomes. On December 5, 2017, the United Nations declared...

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