Individually or combined, these technologies can be configured for a multitude of applications and are ideal for any type of water monitoring task.
The U.S. Navy seeks to commercialize U.S. Patents 7,559,236 (Portable profiler for profiling a marine biosphere and method of assembling the profiler) and 7,690,247 (Autonomous biobuoy for detecting a characteristic of a marine biosphere and method of assembling the biobuoy).
Few studies have attempted to measure the changes in fresh, coastal, and oceanic water quality over any appreciable amount of time due to instrument and platform limitations, and overall cost. SSC Pacific’s Water Quality Profiling System and Autonomous Sensor Buoy overcome these limitations, enabling more efficient long-term water quality monitoring and profiling. They also address the current market problems:
The Water Quality Profiling System is the first portable system for measuring bioluminescence, seawater clarity, salinity, and temperature all at the same time. Sensors are lowered into the water using a predetermined length of cable. Data are electronically transmitted back to the user. Depending on the profiling depth, the entire process can take as little as 1 to 2 minutes. The system can be deployed from helicopter, boat, autonomous buoy, and other platforms, and can also be configured to collect and transmit data on a predetermined schedule.
SSC Pacific’s Autonomous Sensor Buoy is a variation of the Water Quality Profiling System technology in which an adjustable buoyancy sensor package descends and ascends on a predetermined schedule to profile the water. The buoy’s rugged design allows it to be tethered or left to drift in the roughest of conditions. It can be configured to use solar power and utilizes self-cleaning optics.
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- SD 690, March 2011. SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA 92152–5001. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.