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Sea-Bird University class handouts are available individually as PDFs. Simply click on the module title you are interested in.  Alternatively the entire 700 plus training manual is also available as a 42MB PDF. Videos for Modules 0 through 4 are also available. Please note that these videos are based on older course (2016) material. Also available is a handy Glossary of Terms.

Module 0 Introduction

Introduction, Course Plan and Syllabus
• SBE Training Introduction
• Modules by the numbers
• Topics We Will Cover
• Resources

Introduction to Data Collection in the Ocean
• Overview
• Sensors, Instruments and Systems
• Nomenclature
• Ocean Profiling
• Oceanographic Terms
• Oceanographic Parameters
• Activity: Install Seasoft and Course Data

 

Module 1 Profiling Equipment

• Overview
• Profiling Systems
• SBE 19, 19plus and 19plus V2: Sensor Placement
• Autonomous Profiling Instruments
• Specialty Profiling Systems
• Real-time Profiling
• Cabling the 9plus to the 11plus
• SBE 9plus/11plus Data Telemetry
• Internally Recorded Profiling
• Real-time Options for Internally Recording Instruments
• Modular Sensors
• Water Sampling Equipment
• Real-Time Water Sampling with SBE 9plus
• Real-Time Water Sampling with Internally Recording Instruments
• Autonomous Water Sampling with Internally Recording Instruments
• Autonomous Water Sampling with SBE 9plus
• Activity: Cable your Computer to SBE 19plus V2

 

Module 2 Setup and Acquiring Data Internally Recording Profiling Instruments

• Overview
• Sea-Bird Software for Recording and Processing Data
• Seaterm V2: User Interface for Internally Recording Instrumetns
• Seaterm 232: User Interface for RS-232 Instruments
• Calculating Memory Capacity
• Calculating Battery Endurance
• Activity: Setup SBE 19plus V2 and Collect Some Data
• Transferring Stored Data
• Activity: Transfer Data from CTD to Computer
• Capturing Real-Time ASCII Data
• Using Internally Recording Instruments for Real-Time Applications

 

Module 3 Setup and Acquiring Data Real Time Profiling Systems

• Overview
• Sea-Bird Software for Recording and Processing Data
• Seasave: Setup for Real-Time Data Acquisition
• Seasave: Instrument Configuration
• Activity: Create Configuration File
• Seasave: Default Display
• Seasave: Configuring Inputs and Outputs
• Seasave: Configuring Serial Ports
• Seasave: Configuring Water Sampling
• Seasave: Configuring TCP/IP Ports
• Seasave: Defining Miscellaneous Parameters
• Seasave: Pump Control
• Seasave: Configuring Serial Data Output
• Seasave: Configuring Shared File Output
• Seasave: Configuring Mark Variables
• Seasave: Configuring TCP/IP Output
• Seasave: Configuring SBE 11plus Alarms
• Seasave: Configuring SBE 14 Remote Display
• Cabling a Remote Display
• Seasave: Configuring PC Alarms
• Seasave: Configuring Cast Headers
• Seasave: Saving Your Setup
• Seasave: Acquiring Real-Time Data
• Activity: Take a Bench Cast and Collect Real-Time Data
• Seasave:Output File Types
• Seasave: Header Files
• Seasave: Mark Files
• Seasave: Mark Files
• Seasave: Bottle Data Files
• Seasave: Displaying Archived Data
• Activity: Display Bench Cast in Seasave

 

Module 4 Introduction to SBE Data Processing, Data Conversion and Plotting

• Overview
• Basic Data Processing: Example Data Sets
• Activity: View Example Data in Seasave
• Data Processing: Flow Chart
• Data Conversion: Software
• Data Conversion: File Headers Revealed
• Data Conversion: What files does the software output?
• Data Conversion: Output File Formats
• Activity: Convert Example Data in SBE Data Processing
• Sea Plot: Display Converted Data
• Sea Plot: Plotting Multiple Files with Overlay Plots
• Sea Plot: TS Plots
• Activity: Plot Example Data in SBE Data Processing with Sea Plot

 

Module 5 Water Sampling with Internally Recording Instruments

• Overview
• Water Sampling Components
• Autonomous Water Sampling with Internally Recording Instruments
• Setting up Water Sampling Equipment with Seaterm AF
• SeatermAF V2: Setting Up CTD Communications
• Seaterm AF V2: Setting up Sampling Protocol
• Data Recorded in Auto Fire Instruments
• Real-TIme Data and Water Samples from an Internally Recording Instrument
• Correlating CTD Data with Water Samples
• Extracting CTD Data for Water Samples with Data Conversion
• Bottle Summary: Summarizing Water Sample Data
• Activity: Create .ros and .btl Files

 

Module 6 Miscellaneous Applications

• Overview
• Fresh water Applications
• Specific Conductance
• Sound Velocity
• Adding RS-232 Serial Output Interface to 911plus
• Adding Navigational Information to Your Data

 

Module 7 Thermosalinographs

• Overview
• Thermosalinographs
• SBE 21: Installation and Setup
• SBE 45: Installation and Setup (continued)
• Calibration
• Maintenance
• Healthy Data
• More Challenging Data: Bubbles
• Salinity Drift
• Troubleshooting Opto/NMEA Boxes

 

Module 8 Making Measurements in the Ocean

• Overview
• Basics of Sensor Measurements
• Temperature Sensors
• Conductivity Sensors
• Pressure Sensors
• CTD sampling Rates
• Resolution and Sampling Theory: Sampling and Profiling Rates
• Activity: Compare Resolution
• Coordinating Measurements
• Aligning Data
• Coordinating Measurements: An Example
• Sensor Response to Step Changes

 

Module 9 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data: CTD Care and Calibrations

• Overview
• Care of thermometers in the field
• Sensor Drift Characteristics
• Care of Conductivity Sensors in the field
• Conductivity Drift Characteristics
• Pressure Sensor Drift Characteristics
• Converting Sensor Output to Scientific Units
• Converting to Scientific Units: Calibration
• Using Calibrations to Improve your Data
• Temperature: Using Calibrations to Improve your Data
• Activity: Correct T via Pre/Post-Cruise Calibrations
• Conductivity: Using Calibrations to Improve your Data
• Calculating Parameters with SeaCalc III
• Activity: Correct C via Pre/Post-Cruise Calibration
Download foour Calibration Sheets for completing the activities in Module 9. [ZIP]*
*These contain the slope/offset data necessary for the activity in module 9 and also the “Post Cruise Calibration” stamp. This stamp indicates that the cal certificate can be used for data corrections.

 

Module 10 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data: Field Calibrations

• Overview
• Field Calibrations
• Field Calibrations: Pressure
• Field Calibrations: Temperature
• Field Calibrations: Discrete Sampling
• Field Calibrations: Conductivity
• Activity: Correct CTD Conductivity with Water Samples

 

Module 11 Advanced Data Processing: Dynamic Errors in CTDs

• Overview
• Why worry about absolute accuracy?
• Errors in CTD data
• Dependent versus Independent Variables
• Dynamic Errors in Temperature
• Dynamic Errors in Conductivity
• Dynamic Errors in Salinity
• Reducing Dynamic Errors

 

Module 12 Advanced Data Processing: Dynamic Corrections for CTDs

• Overview
• Data Processing Software
• Key Data Processing Modules
• Additional Data Processing Modules
• File Manipulation Modules
• Data Processing Notes
• Activity: Convert Data
• Filtering Data
• Illustrating Sensor Alignment
• Demonstration of Misalignment Effects
• Removing Misalignment
• Activity: Align Data and Derive
• Conductivity Cell Thermal Mass
• Activity: Remove Conductivity Cell Thermal Mass Effect

 

Module 13 Advanced Data Processing – Ship Heave and Data Reduction

• Overview
• Data Artifacts Induced By Ship Heave
• Activity: Remove Loops
• Bin Averaging
• Bin Averaging: Algorithm
• Bin Averaging: Surface Bins
• Bin Averaging: File Selection and Data Setup
• Bin Averaging: Output Data
• Activity: Bin Average
• Recommended SBE 911 plus Profiling CTD Data Processing Steps
• Recommended SBE 19plus V2 Profiling CTD Data Processing Steps
• Recommended SBE 25plus Profiling CTD Data Processing Steps

 

Module 14 Advanced Data Processing – Batch Processing

• Overview
• Data Processing Large Numbers of Files
• Writing Batch Processing Scripts
• Running SBEBatch
• Nuances of SBEBatch
• Activity: Use Batch Scripting to Process Data

 

Module 15 Introduction to Moored Equipment

• Overview
• Introduction to the SBE 16 SeaCAT Family
• Introduction to the SBE 37 MicroCAT Family
• Introduction to the SeapHOX Family
• Introduction to the SBE 39 and 56 Families
• Inductive Modem Telemetry
• Inductive Modem Instruments
• Clock Drift
• Memory Capacity
• Battery Endurance
• Battery Endurance by Instrument
• Battery Endurance Issues
• Battery Endurance: Alkaline Battery Capacity
• Battery Endurance: Lithium Battery Capacity
• Calculating Battery Endurance
• Activity: Calculate Battery Endurance
• Measuring Periodic Signals

 

Module 16 Setup and Acquiring Data with Moored Instruments - Software

• Overview
• SeatermV2 and Seaterm: User Interface
• Check Calibration Coefficients
• Checking Status Report
• Setting Date and Time
• Pump Settings
• Upload Files
• SeatermV2: Upload Types
• Activity: Setting Up, Logging, Uploading MicroCAT Data
• Converting Sensor Output to Scientific Units
• SBE 39 and older SBE 37 Data Conversion Utilities
• SBE 16plus V2 Headers
• Data Formats
• Activity: Converting and Plotting Time Series Data
• Preparing for Deployment: Inductive Modem Systems

 

Module 17 Setup and Acquiring Data with Moored Instruments -Hardware

• Overview
• Anti-foulant Paints
• Changing Batteries
• Checking Cables and Connectors
• Clean Data Collection
• Plumbing
• Preparing for Deployment
• Preparing for Deployment: Sensor Check
• Preparing for Deployment: Check Zero Conductivity Frequency
• Activity: Check Zero Conductivity for SBE 37-SM
• Removing Air from Plumbing
• Starting Logging

 

Module 18 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data – Moored Applications

• Overview
• Static Errors
• Instrument Malfunction
• Care of Sensors in the Field
• Care of Sensors in the Field: Conductivity
• Sensor Drift Characteristics
• Correcting Data with Pre- and Post-Deployment Calibrations
• Temperature Drift from Pre- and Post-Deployment Calibrations
• Field Validation of Conductivity
• Correcting Conductivity and Temperature Data: Example
• Lab Validation
• Activity: Validate and T and C against Reference Standards

 

Module 19 Wave and TideTheory and Setup

• Overview
• SBE 26 Wave and Tide Recorder
• SBE 26plus Wave and Tide Recorder
• Measuring Tides
• Measuring Waves
• Wave Frequency Spectrum
• Measuring Waves: Background
• Deployment Planning
• Setting up the SBE 26
• SBE 26 Measurement Sequence
• Setting up the SBE 26plus
• SBE 26plus Measurement Sequence
• Adding Conductivity
• Battery and Memory Summary
• Deployment Summary
• Recovery Summary
• Removing Barometric Pressure from Tide Data
• Troubleshooting an SBE 26
• Troubleshooting an SBE 26plus

 

Module 20 Wave and Tide Data Processing

• Overview
• Separating into Wave Data and Tide Data: Convert Hex
• Separating into Wave Data and Tide Data: .tid File Format
• Separating into Wave Data and Tide Data: .wb File Format
• Activity: Convert Wave and Tide Data
• Processing Wave Measurements: Process Wave Burst Data
• Processing Wave Measurements: .was File Format
• Processing Wave Measurements: .rpt File Format
• Processing Wave Measurements: .wt File Format
• Processing Wave Measurements: .wts File Format
• Activity: Process Wave Burst Data
• Tabulating Wave Data: Create Reports
• Activity: Create Wave Data Report
• Removing Barometric Pressure from Tide Data: Merge Barometric Pressure
• Graphing Wave and Tide Data
• A Wave and Tide Example
• A Wave and Tide Example, Processing Errors
• A Wave and Tide Example, Sampling Setup Errors
• A Wave and Tide Example, Correcting Processing Errors
• Processing Wave Data: Reality Check
• Activity: Plot wave auto-spectrum and time series

 

Module 21 Troubleshooting

• Overview
• Troubleshooting: The Basics
• Checklist for Real-Time Systems
• Troubleshooting: 911plus
• Activity: Troubleshooting
• Troubleshooting: NMEA Problems
• Troubleshooting: Carousel Water Sampler
• Troubleshooting: SBE 33 or SBE 36
• Troubleshooting: Internally Recording Instruments
• Troubleshooting: Auto Fire Module (AFM)
• Troubleshooting: Data Problems
• Activity: Examine Bad Data

 

Module 22 Before During After Cruise

• Overview
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks - Connectors
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks - Cables and Dummy Plugs
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks – Plumbing
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks – Pressure Capillary
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks – Batteries
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks – Inductive Instruments
• Pre-Cruise Equipment Checks – Verify Functionality
• Shipping Precautions
• Tools and Spare Parts
• Activity: Troubleshooting
• Deployment: Instrument Plumbing
• Deployment: Pump Operation
• Deployment: Failed Underwater Connections…Be Neat!
• Deployment: Using your CTD in Very Cold Places
• Deployment: Final Preparation
• Care and Maintenance during Cruise
• Care of Conductivity Sensors in the Field
• Care and Maintenance of Water Samplers
• Flooded Instruments
• Care and Maintenance after Cruise
• Sensor Storage

 

Module 23 Maintenance

• Overview
• Annual Maintenance
• Lubricating Hardware
• Electrostatic Discharge Precautions
• O-Rings and Seals
• O-Rings and Seals – Opening Instruments
• O-Rings and Seals – Cleaning Surfaces
• O-Rings and Seals – Inspecting
• O-Rings and Seals – Typical Flaws
• O-Rings and Seals – Lubrication
• O-Rings and Seals – Closing Instruments
• Pump Maintenance
• Replacing Bulkhead Connectors
• SBE 9plus Bulkhead Connector Wiring
• SBE 16plus and 19plus Bulkhead Connector Wiring
• Replacing Bulkhead Connectors

 

Module 24 Introduction to Biogeochemical Sensors

• Overview
• Introduction to Biogeochemical Sensors
• Introduction to Oxygen Sensors
• Electrochemical Dissolved Oxygen Sensors
• Optical Dissolved oxygen Sensor
• Optical Fluorescence and Backscatter Sensors
• How Optical Fluorescence and Backscatter Work
• Measuring Fluorescence
• Measuring Backscatter
• Introduction to Optical Transmissometers
• How Transmissometers Work

 

Module 25 Setup and Acquiring Data with Biogeochemical Sensors

• Overview
• Introduction to Modular Sensors
• Integrating Modular Sensors
• Biogeochemical Sensors: WET Labs ECO Example
• Integrating Transmissometers
• Adding Surface PAR
• Supporting Custom Auxiliary Sensors
• Adding 9600 Baud Data Channel to 911plus
• Integrating Dissolved Oxygen
• Preparing for Moored Deployment

 

Module 26 Care of Biogeochemical Sensors

• Overview
• Care of Oxygen Sensors in the Field
• Cleaning Dissolved Oxygen Sensors in the Field
• Dissolved Oxygen Sensor Storage

 

Module 27 Introduction to Biogeochemical Data Processing

• Overview
• Dissolved Oxygen Calibration
• SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor Drift
• Field Calibrations for Dissolved Oxygen
• Dissolved Oxygen Calibration Equation
• Sample Validation Procedure for Dissolved Oxygen Sensor
• Dissolved Oxygen Sensor Response
• Processing Dissolved Oxygen
• Removing Misalignment in Dissolved Oxygen
• Tau Correction for Dissolved Oxygen
• Activity: Align DO Data and Derive
• Biogeochemical Data Processing Software
• Using Factory Calibrations to Process Biogeochemical Data
• Example using a Wetlabs Product

 

Module 28 Advanced Data Processing – Biogeochemical Sensors

• Overview
• Dissolved Oxygen Deep Ocean Hysteresis
• Adjusting E in the Calibration Equation
• Validation in the Field
• Field Calibrations – Dissolved Oxygen
• Activity: Compute Correction Factor for Soc
• Correcting Oxygen Data: SBE 63 Optical DO Sensor
• Computing Rate of Change for Soc
• Correcting Oxygen Data for Drift
• Oxygen: Using Calibrations to Improve your Data
• Activity: Compute Rate of Change for Soc

 

Module 29 Returning Instruments to Sea-Bird for Service

• Overview
• Sea-Bird Contact Information
• Information Needed by Sea-Bird
• Information Needed by Sea-Bird to Diagnose Problems
• Battery Shipping Regulations
• Service Scheduling
• Service Work Authorization
• Service Work Quotes
• Service Package
• Service Package Disc
• Service Scheduling