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A device for protecting moored spectroradiometers from biofouling


Chavez, FP and Wright, D and Herlein, R and Kelley, M and Shane, F and Strutton, PG, A device for protecting moored spectroradiometers from biofouling, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 17 pp. 215-219. ISSN 0739-0572 (2000) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2000 American Meteorological Society

DOI: doi:10.1175/1520-0426(2000)017<0215:ADFPMS>2.0.CO;2


A shutter mechanism for reducing the effects of biofouling on bio-optical instruments deployed on oceanographic moorings has been designed, built, and tested. The initial development was carried out on a spectroradiometer. The optics of the spectroradiometer are protected by copper shutters that rotate out of the field of view prior to a measurement and rotate back after the measurement is completed. The shutter system can sense an obstruction and, if one is detected, attempt to rotate in the opposite direction. The controlling software stores the home position in the memory so the shutter can return to cover the optics, irrespective of direction of rotation. The system has been tested in the equatorial Pacific, where it has provided five months of data that are unaffected by biofouling.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oceanographic instrumentation, anti-fouling
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Strutton, PG (Professor Peter Strutton)
ID Code:138643
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2020-04-20
Last Modified:2020-07-22
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