The SUNRISE Project: Using RBR instruments to unravel mixing in the Gulf of Mexico

Wirewalker mooring being deployed off the R/V Pelican (photo credit: Dr. Jen MacKinnon)

The coastal ocean is a dynamic and productive environment, critical for the success of fisheries, tourism, and local economies. But these productive environments are also associated with a variety of complex oceanographic features. To better understand and protect these ecosystems, many physical oceanographers are diving deeper into the dynamics that drive mixing and water exchange. Complex coastal features like currents … Read More

Sampling by Snorkelling: Using the RBRconcerto C.T.D.ODO.Tu to sample mangroves and coral reefs in the Florida Keys

Snorkelling through coral reefs and kayaking through mangroves is undoubtedly not how most ocean scientists would think to deploy a CTD. But thanks to RBR’s easy-to-use, lightweight CTD, SEA Semester students researching coral reefs and mangroves along the Florida Keys were able to do just that. Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leading non-profit, independent … Read More

RBR loggers deployed in the Cretan Sea (Eastern Mediterranean Sea) to monitor climatic change impact on the marine environment

In February 2021, two deep-sea moorings were deployed in the west Cretan Sea strait (south Aegean Sea) between Crete and Antikythira. The moorings were equipped with two RBRconcerto3 deep-sea loggers, including pressure, temperature, conductivity, and RBRcoda T.ODO dissolved oxygen sensors. The RBR loggers were deployed both at the strait bottom (~900 m) and at intermediate depth (300 m), paired with … Read More

RBRvirtuoso³ turbidity loggers deployed in coastal France as part of benthic ecosystem monitoring network

Off-shore of Brittany, in the western-most part of contiguous France, seven autonomous sea-bed platforms have been deployed to monitor turbidity. The measurements are being collected as part of France’s Réseau d’Observation Haute-Fréquence pour l’Environnement Côtier (ROEC), a local network (Brittany) for high-frequency coastal ocean observing, of which ROEC-Benth is the branch responsible for observing turbidity at the seabed. Bottom-mounted tripod … Read More

Observing ocean health: RBR, Dalhousie and DFO collaborate to develop new biogeochemical sensors

The ocean’s contribution to climate change may not be as visible as that of the atmosphere, but in lock-step with the atmosphere, the ocean is changing. The physical dynamics of its currents and temperature are changing, as well as its chemical and biological aspects; its biogeochemistry. Knowing the ocean’s biogeochemistry, including ecosystem health and the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon, … Read More

RBRvirtuoso³ D|tide16 tide gauges support iXblue’s 3D seafloor mapping and New Zealand’s national tide modeling

In 2019, iXblue’s New Zealand office first deployed RBRvirtuoso³ D|tide16 loggers to measure the tides, in support of their high-resolution 3D sonar-generated maps of the seafloor. High–accuracy, long-term and low-drift tide measurements are required in iXblue’s work, to remove tides from survey data, to link geodetic land and ocean data and to model the tides in coastal regions. iXblue specializes … Read More