Optical Backscatter Sensor V14

Optical backscatter sensors measure the amount of suspended material in the water column, including live phytoplankton, microscopic animals, and detrital (non-living) particles. In coastal regions, suspended inorganic material, such as clays and silt, also would be assessed.

During VISIONS '14, Optical Backscatter sensors are scheduled for deployment on the deep water profilers at Axial Base (DP03A), Slope Base (DP01A), and at the Endurance Array offshore site (DP01B).