Core CTD data
Project Manager/Lead Scientist: Dave Caress
Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) data collected using MBARI
remotely operated vehicle (ROV) underway and profiler CTD
systems have been designated as core data streams. Support for the maintenance,
calibration and configuration of the instruments, electronics and related
support hardware as well as support for the processing and archiving of the
data, is provided on an institutional basis rather than through individual
projects or divisional budgets.
The primary elements of this project are:
- Maintenance, configuration and calibration of MBARI CTD instrumentation
and all associated system hardware.
- Maintain measurement accuracy and reliability required for core CTD data.
- Data processing, archiving and dissemination through the Biological
Ocean Group database.
- Data validation through Science data "champions". Monthly status reports are to be given to
MBARI Data Users Committee.
The project includes instrument maintenance and
calibration, related hardware and electronics, system upgrades, related tools
and consumable supplies, CTD Technician time for maintenance, data processing,
and data integrity issues and minimal time for software support and
development. Additionally, efforts are planned to continue purchasing additional
sensors for use as spares in the calibration rotation and to standardize
instruments of a certain type.