Design and implementation of a low-cost near-shore cabled observatory

Chalmers, S.J.; Jamieson, A.J.; Polanski, J.R.; Priede, I. G.; Bagley, P.M.. 2013 Design and implementation of a low-cost near-shore cabled observatory. In: 2013 MTS/IEEE OCEANS - Bergen. Richardson, TX, IEEE, 1-6.

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Cabled subsea observatories are becoming a common way of monitoring deep sea parameters on a long-term basis. Observatories typically comprise of a long distance high voltage power and data backbone cable onto which several instrumentation spurs are connected. Such systems provide scientists with a way of permanently and directly monitoring large areas of ocean in real-time. By their very nature such systems are scale large projects involving massive investment. Recently, the opportunity arose to establish a low-cost small-scale observatory in the tidal estuary of the river Ythan in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near to Oceanlab. This paper describes the design and implementation of the system which comprises of a frame, located on the bed of the estuary, onto which are mounted a number of instruments. This is connected to the shore via 500m of combined fibre optic and copper cable.

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