Automated ice-tethered profilers for seawater observations under pack ice in all seasons
Krishfield, Richard A.
Toole, John M.
MetadataShow full item record
An automated, easily deployed Ice-Tethered Profiler (ITP) instrument system, developed for deployment on perennial sea ice in the polar oceans to measure changes in upper ocean water properties in all seasons, is described, and representative data from prototype instruments are presented. The ITP instrument consists of three components: a surface subsystem that sits atop an ice floe; a weighted, plastic-jacketed wire-rope tether of arbitrary length (up to 800 m) suspended from the surface element; and an instrumented underwater unit that employs a traction drive to profile up and down the wire tether. ITPs profile the water column at a programmed sampling interval; after each profile, the underwater unit transfers two files holding oceanographic and engineering data to the surface unit using an inductive modem and from the surface instrument to a shore-based data server using an Iridium transmitter. The surface instrument also accumulates battery voltage readings, buoy temperature data, and locations from a GPS receiver at a specified interval (usually every hour) and transmits those data daily. Oceanographic and engineering data are processed, displayed, and made available in near–real time (available online at http://www.whoi.edu/itp). Six ITPs were deployed in the Arctic Ocean between 2004 and 2006 in the Beaufort gyre with various programmed sampling schedules of two to six one-way traverses per day between 10- and 750–760-m depth, providing more than 5300 profiles in all seasons (as of July 2007). The acquired CTD profile data document interesting spatial variations in the major water masses of the Canada Basin, show the double-diffusive thermohaline staircase that lies above the warm, salty Atlantic layer, measure seasonal surface mixed layer deepening, and document several mesoscale eddies. Augmenting the systems already deployed and to replace expiring systems, an international array of more than one dozen ITPs will be deployed as part of the Arctic Observing Network during the International Polar Year (IPY) period (2007–08) holding promise for more valuable real-time upper ocean observations for operational needs, to support studies of ocean processes, and to facilitate numerical model initialization and validation.
Author Posting. © American Meteorological Society, 2008. This article is posted here by permission of American Meteorological Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 25 (2008): 2091-2105, doi:10.1175/2008JTECHO587.1.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Estimating ocean heat transports and submarine melt rates in Sermilik Fjord, Greenland, using lowered acoustic Doppler current profiler (LADCP) velocity profiles Sutherland, David A.; Straneo, Fiamma (International Glaciological Society, 2012-11-01)Submarine melting at the ice-ocean interface is a significant term in the mass balance of marine-terminating outlet glaciers. However, obtaining direct measurements of the submarine melt rate, or the ocean heat transport ...
An inverse method for obtaining the attenuation profile and small variations in the sound speed and density profiles of the ocean bottom Rajan, Subramaniam D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1985-05)The acoustic properties of marine sediments have a direct effect on the propagation of sound in the ocean. In the frequency range of interest (50 - 500 Hz) the sediment can be modelled as a fluid. Assuming horizontal ...
Nowacek, Douglas P. (The DTAG Project, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Florida State University, contacts: Doug Nowacek, email@example.com, 2010-12-14)Location: Bay of Fundy, Canada, Species: Eubalaena glacialis (Northern Atlantic Right Whale), Permit: , Water Depth: 206m