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Prototype pH Sensors: Eyes on an Experimental Kelp Farm

Prototype pH Sensors: Eyes on an Experimental Kelp Farm

December 2018 Newsletter Spanning January to July 2018, two alpha SeapHOx V2s (serial numbers 001 and 002) tracked changes in pH at an experimental kelp farm funded by the Paul Allen Foundation. The purpose of the experiment was twofold: field-test the upgraded...

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Basic Maintenance videos for the SeaFET V2

Basic Maintenance videos for the SeaFET V2

Upgrading to a SeaFET V2 from the original SeaFET is completely internal—aside from the most inaccessible hardware within the instrument, the V2 uses the same housing, sensors, and batteries as the V1. Therefore, the basic maintenance procedures for the V1 and V2 are...

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Q&A: Sudden Increase in Salinity

Q&A: Sudden Increase in Salinity

November 2018 Newsletter The figure above originated from an SBE 37-SMP MicroCAT moored CTD deployed in shallow seawater. On day 38, the salinity data appears to jump from a near-zero value, steadily increasing until around day 43, where it stayed around 30psu. Nearby...

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Salinity Spikes: Sensor or Environment?

Salinity Spikes: Sensor or Environment?

These data show a subtle problem that is producing “fuzzy” salinity and oxygen data. While the overall shape of the profile appears reasonable, small spikes are present throughout the CTD cast. The black lines encompass a particularly strange spot where both salinity...

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Q&A: Profiling CTD Data Spikes

Q&A: Profiling CTD Data Spikes

October 2018 Newsletter The four figures above come from the same 9plus CTD profile. As you can see, massive spikes punctuate the data stream and wreak havoc on data quality. While post-processing can filter out some spikes, they can also affect the CTD’s in-situ...

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HyperNAV Hyperspectral Radiometer

HyperNAV Hyperspectral Radiometer

As remote sensing satellites orbit Earth, Sea-Bird Scientific and NASA are developing a tool to drift with ocean currents. The HyperNav, a combination of hyperspectral radiometers and a Navis profiling float, provides in-situ calibration and verification for ocean...

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FRM4SOC Project

FRM4SOC Project

Scientists from around the world donned white jumpsuits and entered an unusual room. Inside, all furniture and walls were painted black, and very particular lamps emitted light directly into a device harnessed to a dark table. This was Laboratory Comparison Exercise 2...

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Radiometer Calibration Transfer

Radiometer Calibration Transfer

Positive pressure and sticky mats shun light-scattering dust from a room in Philomath, Oregon—the site of a new brand new radiometer calibration facility. As Sea-Bird Scientific’s facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia (formerly Satlantic) shuttered its doors, radiometer...

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Featured Posts

Why is Calibration Important?

You wouldn’t measure sea surface temperature with a meat thermometer. Likewise, you wouldn’t use an SBE 3 to check a steak. There are some obvious reasons for this, primarily related to hardware, cost, and design, but ultimately meat thermometers just aren’t...

History of the SeaCAT

SeaCATs, the CTD family consisting of the 16plus V2 and 19plus V2, were first developed in late 1985 back when Sea-Bird had barely evolved past a garage operation. When a customer requested a moored CTD – the first that Sea-Bird had ever built, Sea-Bird's team...

Sea-Bird 101: Conductivity Cells

Sea-Bird Scientific has found success by packaging electrodes into a borosilicate glass tube. Watch Senior Oceanographer Dr. Kim Martini explain Sea-Bird Scientific’s conductivity cell design, and why throwing glass into the ocean can actually be a good thing. Want to...

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