Free-Falling Optical Profiler

Free-falling Optical Profiler

A versatile platform for measuring the apparent optical properties of the ocean and designed to interchange Satlantic's hyperspectral or multispectral optical sensors.

What are SIP files?

Files that are delivered with Satlantic and third party equipment to describe the sensors data output and calibration coefficients come in two types. Calibration files or *.cal files and telemetry definition format files or *.tdf files. In some cases, systems are created that network many sensors together and their combined data is provided in one serial output.

The simplest example is a HOCR sensor that generates both light and dark frames. A more complex example is a HPROII profiling system that may contain as many as 5 sensors and 7 individual calibration and tdf files. These files must be used to both collect and process the data.

This can become quite confusing to keep track of all these files so Satlantic developed SIP files. All CAL and TDF files required for a system are zipped using winzip and the extension changed from *.ZIP to *.SIP. The file name includes the system description (usually the network master serial number) and the creation date. This SIP file can then be used in place of individual files to collect and process data.

How do I avoid the effects of the ship's shadow when logging optical data with the Free-Falling Optical Profiler?

The free-falling profiler is designed to profile away from a small boat or large ship to avoid any potential shadow effects. The instrument is deployed by hand from the leeward side of the vessel and allowed to descend while the vessel drifts downwind. When the profiler is pulled back up to the surface, the fins cause the instrument to maintain its location and come straight up. Using this method, the optical profiles can be performed at a safe distance from the vessel.

Where do I find the Pressure Tare button in later versions of SatView?

In later SatView Versions, the Pressure Tare button is located under the ancillary view at the "package" level.  To open the ancillary view at the package level: Notice the white section of the SatView main window - this is where your loaded instruments appear. Within this white section, at the very top there is a suitcase icon, with the individual instruments treed out underneath. Right click to bring up a drop down menu, select "View List" and "Ancillary View" to open the package level ancillary window that contains the Pressure Tare button.