IFREMER’s Yves Auffret with the wet-mate connection installed on one of NEPTUNE Canada’s instrument platforms. (Click to enlarge.)
The sensors and instruments deployed across the NEPTUNE Canada network will evolve over time. Old instruments can be removed and new instruments added, often by "plugging in" via wet-mate connectors on nodes and platforms at the seafloor.
Instrument types include:
- current meters
- hydrophones, sonars, echosounders
- acoustic Doppler current profilers
- bottom pressure sensors
- chemical and gas sensors for measuring carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, nitrates, etc.
- seismometers, gravimeters and accelerometers
- high-resolution still-frame and video cameras with lights
- microbe and plankton samplers and microbial incubators
- turbidity sensors, transmissometers, sediment traps
- benthic flow simulation chamber
Instruments installed on a platform and ready for deployment in Saanich Inlet, September 2008. From left: hydrophone, rotary sonar, current meter and ADCP. Bottom pressure recorder at base of platform. (Click to enlarge.)
IFREMER's Yves Auffret with Tempo-mini's Aanderaa optode oxygen sensor and temperature probe. (Click to enlarge.)
Visit the instruments page to see initial instrument deployments and planned deployments for various NEPTUNE Canada locations.