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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 10 — Oct. 2, 2009

Calibration procedure for Slocum glider deployed optical instruments

Ivona Cetinić, Gerardo Toro-Farmer, Matthew Ragan, Carl Oberg, and Burton H. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15420-15430 (2009)

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Recent developments in the field of the autonomous underwater vehicles allow the wide usage of these platforms as part of scientific experiments, monitoring campaigns and more. The vehicles are often equipped with sensors measuring temperature, conductivity, chlorophyll a fluorescence (Chl a), colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) fluorescence, phycoerithrin (PE) fluorescence and spectral volume scattering function at 117 degrees, providing users with high resolution, real time data. However, calibration of these instruments can be problematic. Most in situ calibrations are performed by deploying complementary instrument packages or water samplers in the proximity of the glider. Laboratory calibrations of the mounted sensors are difficult due to the placement of the instruments within the body of the vehicle. For the laboratory calibrations of the Slocum glider instruments we developed a small calibration chamber where we can perform precise calibrations of the optical instruments aboard our glider, as well as sensors from other deployment platforms. These procedures enable us to obtain pre- and post-deployment calibrations for optical fluorescence instruments, which may differ due to the biofouling and other physical damage that can occur during long-term glider deployments. We found that biofouling caused significant changes in the calibration scaling factors of fluorescent sensors, suggesting the need for consistent and repetitive calibrations for gliders as proposed in this paper.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(150.1488) Machine vision : Calibration

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: May 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2009
Published: August 17, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ivona Cetinić, Gerardo Toro-Farmer, Matthew Ragan, Carl Oberg, and Burton H. Jones, "Calibration procedure for Slocum glider deployed optical instruments," Opt. Express 17, 15420-15430 (2009)

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