State of Technology for In Situ Measures of Salinity Using Conductive Temperature Sensors, Savannah, Georgia, December 3-5, 2007: workshop proceedings

Alliance for Coastal Technologies (2007) State of Technology for In Situ Measures of Salinity Using Conductive Temperature Sensors, Savannah, Georgia, December 3-5, 2007: workshop proceedings. Solomons, MD, Alliance for Coastal Technologies, (ACT 07-05; UMCES CBL 08-056)

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Abstract

This Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) workshop was convened to assess the availability and state of development of conductivity-temperature sensors that can meet the needs of coastal monitoring and management communities. Rased on the discussion, there are presently a number of commercial sensor options available, with a wide range of package configurations suitable for deployment in a range of coastal environments. However, some of the central questions posed in the workshop planning documents were left somewhat unresolved. The workshop description emphasized coastal management requirements and, in particular, whether less expensive, easily deployed, lower-resolution instruments might serve many management needs. While several participants expressed interest in this class of conductivity-temperature sensors, based on input from the manufacturers, it is not clear that simply relaxing the present level of resolution of existing instruments will result in instruments of significantly lower unit cost. Conductivity-temperature sensors are available near or under the $1,000 unit cost that was operationally defined at the workshop as a breakpoint for what might be considered to be a "low cost" sensor. For the manufacturers, a key consideration before undertaking the effort to develop lower cost sensors is whether there will be a significant market. In terms of defining "low cost," it was also emphasized that the "life cycle costs" for a given instrument must be considered (e.g., including personnel costs for deployment and maintenance). An adequate market survey to demonstrate likely applications and a viable market for lower cost sensors is needed. Another topic for the workshop was the introduction to the proposed ACT verification for conductivity-temperature sensors. Following a summary of the process as envisioned by ACT, initial feedback was solicited. Protocol development will be pursued further in a workshop involving ACT personnel and conductivity-temperature sensor manufacturers.[PDF contains 28 pages]

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: State of Technology for In Situ Measures of Salinity Using Conductive Temperature Sensors, Savannah, Georgia, December 3-5, 2007: workshop proceedings
Corporate Creator/Author: Alliance for Coastal Technologies
Series Name: ACT 07-05; UMCES CBL 08-056
Date: 2007
Publisher: Alliance for Coastal Technologies
Place of Publication: Solomons, MD
Projects: Alliance for Coastal Technologies, CBL/UMCES
Funders: NOAA
Event Type: Workshop
Issuing Agency: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Subjects: Earth Sciences
Environment
Chemistry
Item ID: 3110
Depositing User: Kathleen Heil
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 03:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:51
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3110

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