Tempo-mini, designed and developed by our French collaborators IFREMER, is a multi-instrument platform for studying deep-sea hydrothermal ecosystems. The oxygen sensor helps scientists detect hypoxia (low-levels of oxygen) and the iron sensor provides a series of high-frequency data to analyze iron and sulphide concentrations in hydrothermal areas. Tempo-mini is powered by an electrical unit and oil-filled junction box, and is even equipped with an anti-biofouling system to deter marine life from residing on the sensors and camera lens.
Tempo-mini's HD video camera is focused on a hot vent benthic community, providing a live view of interactions among tubeworms, scale worms, limpets, sea spiders, snails, vent fish, bacterial growths and other organisms in this unique hydrothermal vent ecosystem.
Four scientific instruments are attached to this platform
The following instruments and sensors are positioned on the hot vent near Tempo-mini:
Connected to Endeavour Ridge node on 29 Sep 2011 from the R/V Thompson.
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Not currently installed.Wally II