Core CTD data
Project Manager: Mike Burczynski
Scientist: Dave Caress
CTD data, collected using underway and
profiler CTD systems and MBARI ROVs, have been designated as core data streams. Support
for the maintenance, operation, calibration and configuration of the
instruments, electronics, and related support hardware and support
for the processing and archiving of the data is provided on an
institutional basis rather than through individual projects or divisional
Continuing from 2002, the primary elements of this
project for the year 2003 are:
- Operations of MBARI CTD vertical profiler and underway mapping
- Maintenance, configuration and calibration of MBARI CTD
instrumentation and all associated system hardware.
- Maintain measurement accuracy and reliability required for core CTD
- Data processing, archiving and dissemination through the BOG
(biological ocean group) database.
- Data validation performed by designated monitors. Monthly
status reports to be given to MDUC (mooring data users committee).
- Improvements to data processing and loading techniques, via enhanced
The project budget will include expenses for instrument maintenance and
calibration, system upgrades, data
processing, and data integrity issues and software
support and development. Efforts will continue to purchase
additional sensors for use as spares, to standardize instruments, and to replace obsolete instruments.
New elements for 2003:
- Maintenance and calibration of AUV CTD sensors will be considered
core; the data stream will not be considered core at this time.
- Testing and intermittent use of the SBE911 profiler CTD system
aboard the Zephyr.
- A replacement altimeter for the R/V Western Flyer CTD profiler. The purchase of the same model unit
that is used on the Point Lobos CTD profiler will be proposed.
- Procurement of a smaller, general use CTD rosette for use by
scientific parties who cannot supply the trained operator required for