Ocean Monitoring is the collection of metocean data above and below the surface to support biodiversity initiatives, conservation, offshore industries, and governments.
An OPT Ocean Monitoring Solution consists of a customized suite of topside and subsea sensors tailored to customer needs for a range of applications.
Suitable applications include mammal / fish tracking, subsea vessel detection, ocean analysis, environmental monitoring, and more.
Depending on the location, length of mission, and other factors, an Ocean Monitoring Solution can be deployed with a PB3 PowerBuoy® or a hybrid PowerBuoy® to provide autonomous power and enable real-time 24/7 data communications.
An OPT Ocean Monitoring Solution developed for deployment in South American waters off the coast of Chile consists of a PB3 PowerBuoy® configured with an undersea power and communications umbilical data cable, connected to an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) to capture full wave spectrums in combination with current profiles.
Additionally, a suite of sea condition sensors in the water column is capable of measuring water temperature, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and chlorophyll-a. Sensor input is collected via an onboard data acquisition system that packages the data for delivery to a shore station equipped with a wave radar sensor.