Ocean Climate: “Off the Shelf”

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Measuring ocean physics and atmospheric conditions at the sea-surface has been taking place for decades. The basic parameters measured remain with additional water column characteristics and meteorology added to data streams as technology advances within the community. A transition of this technology to the private sector from government and academic research institutions has occurred with additional support from innovative individual and group efforts in the field of ocean instrumentation. Due to licensing agreements between institutions and corporations along with entrepreneurial patents, scientists and engineers now have the resources available “off the shelf” (private sector purchase) to pursue and enhance the challenging task of measuring our offshore environment. As a result, long-term monitoring of ocean processes and changes has become more accessible to the research community at large. This paper describes one such project where original equipment manufactured instrumentation was integrated together to mirror the data output from government-funded monitoring systems on multinational ocean climate programs. RDSEA International, along with Down East Instrumentation, have developed a hybrid monitoring system using easily accessible off-the-shelf components.

Keywords: climate monitoring; ocean observing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.47.1.1

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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