MOOS Vertical profiler
Project Manager: Andrew Hamilton
Lead Scientist: John Ryan
A vertical profiling capability to make nearly simultaneous measurements of oceanographic variables throughout the water column has long been included as part of the MOOS plan. A feasibility study of the options for this capability began in 2003. In 2004, the intent is to continue this study and complete specific functional requirements for a MOOS vertical profiling capability.
Also in 2004, two commercially available profilers will be deployed as part of particular science experiments. A deep-water solution (McLane Moored Profiler) will be deployed as part of the MBARI Canyon Dynamics experiment and a near-surface solution (SeaHorse Profiler) will be deployed in conjunction with the MOOS/CIMT mooring deployment. The intent is to evaluate the suitability of these units for integration into the MOOS architecture, while simultaneously gathering significant science data. The SeaHorse profiler has already been deployed successfully, and additional work will be done in 2004 to incorporate real-time data telemetry into this unit—a first step in making the SeaHorse profiler compatible with MOOS data architecture.