Polar systems

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Ice Beacon – Rugged Polar Instrument Platform

Ice Beacon 2The MetOcean Ice Beacon is a proven, rugged modular polar platform that is designed for a large sensor payload. Measurements available with the MetOcean Ice Beacon include, ice movement (GPS Position), atmospheric data, ice and air temperature with an optional sub-surface CTD package. An optional lithium battery pack is available for longer life and Iridium telemetry for bi-directional communication. The hull is constructed of aluminium with an ionomer foam collar for flotation. The tubular hull is intended to be placed into a hole drilled in the ice, which provides excellent stability. The design is very compact and light to allow for easy, quick deployment.

IMB – Ice Mass Balance Buoy

IMBThe MetOcean Ice Mass Balance Buoy was developed in partnership with CRREL (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory). The Ice Mass Balance Buoy instrumentation is used to measure ice thickness and ice temperature, and to acquire meteorological and upper oceanographic data. The Ice Mass Balance Buoy is able to retrieve the vital polar information from the buoys Campbell Scientific Data logger, an Iridium transmitter, a thermistor string, and above ice and below ice acoustic sounders measuring the positions of the surface and bottom within 5 mm. In addition to the mass balance instrumentation, the buoys also have a GPS, a barometer, and an air temperature sensor.

PAWS – Polar Area Weather Station

PAWS_1The MetOcean Polar Area Weather Station (PAWS) is a compact, rugged and easy to use polar platform which provides quality controlled data in harsh weather conditions. The PAWS was designed for unattended operations at remote sites requiring high reliability, low power consumption, and dependable operational performance.

The PAWS surface unit mast is equipped with an Iridium satellite antenna, GPS, air temperature sensor, barometer port and an optional humidity sensor. The sea surface temperature sensor is internal to the unit hull assembly. The PAWS is also outfitted with a wind speed mast assembly consisting of a RM Young anemometer and PNI TCM2.5 compass. The PAWS has been designed to transmit weather related data on a 3-hour interval over the Iridium satellite network for a period of 1 year.

Polar iSVP – Rugged Ice & Current Flow Tracking Buoy

Polar_iSVP_1_0The Polar iSVP is an expendable, low cost, bi-directional spherical marker beacon. The beacon was developed to meet the demanding needs of the offshore oil industry, ocean freight industry and the oceanographic scientific community. The beacon was designed specifically to track and monitor ice flow movement. The Polar iSVP also provides the user with essential real-time barometric pressure and GPS positional data.

Air Deployable Polar iSVP – Polar Marker Beacon

Air Deployable Polar iSVPThe Air Deployable Polar iSVP is a buoyant, ruggedized, expendable, bi-directional mini weather station and market buoy, which is ideal for remote and harsh environments. It was developed to meet the needs of the offshore oil industry, ocean freight industry, and the meteorological and oceanographic scientific communities. Designed to survive multi-year ice, its standard configuration is equipped with barometric pressure, sea surface temperature, and air temperature sensors.

POPS – Polar Ocean Profiling System

POPSThe MetOcean Polar Ocean Profiling System (POPS) is a rugged ice platform system, which provides meteorological and oceanographic data via Iridium. The system consists of six major elements: System Controller, CompactFlash® Data Logger, Ice Platform, Meteorological Sensors, Data Telemetry and Global Positioning System, and a Subsurface CTD Vertical Profiling System. The hull is constructed of aluminium with an ionomer foam collar for flotation. The tubular hull is intended to be placed into a hole drilled in the ice, which provides excellent stability. The design is compact and light to allow for easy, quick deployment.

CALIB – Compact Air Launched Ice Beacon

CALIB 3MetOcean’s Compact Air-Launched Ice Beacon (CALIB) is an Argos-reporting mini-beacon (A-size sonobuoy configuration) which may be launched from either fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. The design is based upon our highly successful AN/WSQ-6 series of buoys. Our CALIB buoys collect meteorological data in support of weather forecasting in polar climates. Oceanographers use CALIB for tracking ice flows. The configurations currently available for the CALIB are ice temperature, barometric pressure, ARGOS telemetry, alkaline battery, and lithium battery

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