The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, with funding from the National Science Foundation, has selected Satlantic, LP., of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to provide Dissolved Nitrates (NUTNR) Instruments for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).
Under the $900,000 contract, Satlantic will provide up to 28 NUTNR instruments.
Satlantic is an advanced ocean technology company that develops optical sensors for aquatic research and water quality monitoring. Satlantic’s SUNA Deep and ISUS instruments will be provided for the requirements of the OOI.
SUNA Deep provides real time, chemical-free nitrate calculations in deep ocean environments using Satlantic’s advanced UV absorption technology. Satlantic’s ISUS nitrate sensor is a real time, chemical free sensor designed to overcome the traditional challenges associated with reagent-based nitrate analysis in aquatic environments. The ISUS technology uses advanced UV absorption technology to provide accurate nitrate concentration measurements in real-time.
The SUNA Deep design dimensions are 55.5 cm long x 5.7 cm diameter. Weight in air is 1.8 kg and weight in seawater is 0.36 kg. SUNA Deep features include real time nitrate calculation, full UV spectrum for maximum accuracy, and real-time temperature/salinity compensation. The ISUS design dimensions are 60.8 cm long x 11.4 cm diameter. ISUS provides long term nitrate monitoring and water quality assessment in estuaries and coastal environments.
The OOI, a project funded by the NSF, is planned as a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. As a fully integrated system, OOI will collect and disseminate data on coastal, regional and global scales. Through a unique cyberinfrastructure, OOI will make ocean observing data available to anyone with an internet connection. Greater knowledge of the ocean’s interrelated systems is vital for increased understanding of their effects on biodiversity, climate change, ocean and coastal ecosystems, environmental health and climate.
About the Consortium for Ocean Leadership
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents 99 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.
For more information or interviews, contact:
Kerry G. Beck
Director of Communications, OOI
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Office: (202) 787-1685