Autonomous Buoyed Environmental Measurement System (ABES)
NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA
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LONG-TERM GOALS. Under joint sponsorship of ONR-321SS and ONR-322PO, ABES is developing a low-cost oceanographic sensor system which will gather current, conductivity, pressure, temperature and tide data on a vertical array for a period of days to weeks before releasing a buoy which will broadcast the data via RF telemetry to a receiver. The intent of this device is to provide to the oceanographic community a low-cost system of sensors that affordably yields dense spatial sampling for shallow depth 200 m applications. The system would not replace existing high-resolution oceanographic instrumentation, but fill the niche for a lowcost, lower-resolution system that would provide the end user with the ability to achieve higher spatial sampling. For maritime forces that must be prepared to deploy on short notice and operate in unfamiliar coastal waters, the system would be capable of providing near real-time environmental support, particularly in oceanographically complex littoral settings.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Marine Engineering