[Coral-List] Affordable conductivity sensors for several month deployment
CoastWorks at hughes.net
Fri May 31 09:57:51 EDT 2013
If you can get your hands on an issue of ³Sea Technology Magazine² you will
see a plethora of advertisements from manufacturers of in situ
instrumentation. The market is no longer dominated by just a few
manufacturers. Try to go with units with a long track record and check
around for input on the customer support side of the company.
Richard W. Berey
From: "Jeremy J. Sofonia" <jeremy at sofonia.com>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:25:31 -0700
To: Brittany Huntington <brittanyhuntington at gmail.com>
Cc: <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Affordable conductivity sensors for several month
You may want to check out the 'Odyssey' brand of loggers as they are
relatively cost competitive:
I've not used their conductivity / temperature loggers, however, have
utilised their light loggers on past projects with success (although they
required post-purchase calibration).
Keep in mind that biofouling can be a major issue for conductivity measures
(sensor drift), so advise caution in your plans for 3-month deployment.
That is, you may need to visit them more frequently for cleaning to limit
data loss (depending on local conditions).
Alternatively, you could go the other way and consider products such as the
JFE Advantech 'Infinity - CTW ACTW-USB':
or the Seabird SeaCAT C-T Recorder (SBE 16plus V2):
Although considerably more expensive for these types of loggers, they have
an integrated wiper system / anti-founand devices that facilitate
longer-term deployments. The sensors, calibration and components are also
generally of a higher caliber.. more stable more robust.
Upfront costs of theses units may be offset / justified by the reduced need
for multiple field visits (e.g. vessel running costs) and/or simply the
acquisition of valid data.
I often say, 'there are few things more expensive than bad data'.
Again though, much depends on your specific environment, logistical
constraints and budget.
I hope that this may be of of some help,
Jeremy J. Sofonia M.Sc, B.Sc, CEnvP
Marine Scientist / Commercial Scientific Diver
Sofonia Pty Ltd
On 29/05/2013, at 11:15 AM, Brittany Huntington
<brittanyhuntington at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Coral Listers,
> I am looking for advice to replace our current conductivity sensors (Onset
> Hobo Data Logger U24-002) with a comparable if not cheaper (<$700 per unit)
> Onset has reported a programmatic error with the U24-002 and we are in the
> market for replacements.
> Units will be deployed *in situ* for ~3mo. stretches in shallow (30ft)
> nearshore marine environments. All suggestions appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Coral-List mailing list
> Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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