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T-REX CANON September 2011 Experiment
September 2011 - CANON drifter following


In September, 2011, the CANON initiative undertook a three week experiment with two goals in mind:
  • to find and track any strong upwelling front which might present itself
  • to automatically track a moving patch of water and, with the aid of an SIO drifting profiler (aka 'wire walker'), reconstruct water conditions with respect to a moving frame of reference
During the first week of the experiment, broad surveys showed an upwelling front of moderate strength. However conditions for the rest of the experiment were less upwelling-favorable, so efforts were focused on patch tracking. For the patch tracking exercises, the wire walker was deployed in a region of interest and allowed to follow the surface current. The Dorado was then deployed with T-REX instructed to trace consecutive one kilometer boxes around the wire walker position. That position was updated at the beginning of each box via satellite communication with ODSS.

The following table contains three dimensional curtain plot images of the various data products obtained over the course of this experiment. Also provided are animated versions.

Data visualization:

Sep 6, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 7, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 12, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 13, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 14, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 19, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen

Sep 20, 2011

Data type Still Frame Movie
Temperature
Chlorophyl Fluorescence
Nitrate
Salinity
Dissolved Oxygen
Last updated: Sep. 21, 2011