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The handouts for our training class are available electronically. Download individual modules below, or click here to download the entire training manual (700+ pages). Videos for modules 0 through 4 are now available.

Module Brief Description
TOC Table of Contents
0 Introduction:
Topics covered by course
Introduction to ocean profiling; oceanographic terms and parameters
1 Introduction to Profiling Equipment:
Real-time and internally-recorded profiling (SBE 911plus, 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, 49)
Real-time profiling with internally recording instruments
Modular sensors and sensor integration
Water sampling equipment
Autonomous profiling floats
2 Setup and Acquiring Data:
Seaterm V2 (terminal program) user interface
Seasave real-time data acquisition program
SBE Data Processing (post-processing software) introduction
3 Basic Data Processing:
Data processing flow chart
SBE Data Processing program
Conversion to scientific units (Data Conversion)
Data display (Sea Plot)
4 Water Sampling and Deployment:
Water sampling components
Water sampling autonomously with internally recording instruments
Water sampling in real-time with internally recording instruments
SeatermAF (terminal program) user interface
Deployment issues — grounding, plumbing, connections, etc.
Data Conversion and Bottle Summary: Correlating CTD data with water samples
5 Miscellaneous Applications:
Fresh water applications
Sound velocity calculations
Adding navigational or surface PAR data
Supporting custom auxiliary sensors — user-defined polynomial equations
Adding 9600 baud data channel or RS-232 serial output interface to 911plus
Thermosalinographs: SBE 21 and 45
6 Making Measurements in the Ocean:
How sensors work; sensor response times
Sampling theory; sampling and profiling rates
Coordinating measurements in time and space
Calibration — converting sensor output to scientific units
7 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data:
Care and drift of temperature, conductivity, pressure, dissolved oxygen, and pH sensors
Using calibrations to improve data
Seawater calculator — SeaCalc III
8 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data, Continued:
Field calibrations: pressure, temperature, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen
Discrete sampling
9 Advanced Data Processing:
Dynamic errors introduction
Filtering pressure and conductivity
Aligning data
Compensating for conductivity cell thermal mass
Removing data artifacts induced by ship heave
Ancillary data processing
Bin Averaging
Data processing tips
Processing flow chart — SBE 911plus, 19plus/19plus V2, 25plus
Batch processing
10 Moored Instruments:
SBE 16/16plus/16plus V2 and 37 CTDs
SBE 39/39plus and 56 Temperature Recorders
SBE 43 and 63 Dissolved Oxygen sensors
Inductive modem telemetry and instruments
Clock drift
Memory capacity and battery endurance
Sampling theory — sampling rate and resolution
11 Setup of Moored Instruments:
Seaterm and Seaterm V2 user interface (terminal program)
Status reports, headers, and data formats
Converting sensor output to scientific units
Setting up auxiliary sensors
Preparing for deployment
12 Getting the Highest Accuracy Data from Moored Instruments:
Care of sensors in the field: temperature, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen
Correcting data with pre- and post-deployment calibrations
Correcting data by comparing to profiling data
Correcting dissolved oxygen data for fouling
Post recovery maintenance
13 Wave and Tide Instruments — Theory and Setup (for reference only):
SBE 26 and 26plus; measuring tides and waves
Deployment planning
Setting up the SBE 26 and 26plus
Measurement sequence
Adding conductivity
Deployment and recovery
14 Wave and Tide Instruments — Data Processing (for reference only):
Separating data into wave data and tide data
Processing wave measurements
Tabulating wave data
Removing barometric pressure
Graphing wave and tide data
15 Troubleshooting:
Real-time systems
NMEA (navigational data)
Water samplers
Internally recording systems
Deployment problems
Data problems
16 The Cruise — Before, During, and After:
Pre-cruise equipment checks
Shipping precautions
Moored instruments and anti-foul paint
Tools and spare parts
Care and maintenance during cruise
Flooded instruments
Care and maintenance after cruise
Storage after recovery
17 Basic Maintenance of Sea-Bird Equipment:
Annual maintenance
Lubricating hardware
Electrostatic discharge precautions
Replacing O-rings and seals
Pump maintenance
Replacing bulkhead connectors
18 Returning Instruments to Sea-Bird for Service:
Contact information
Information needed by Sea-Bird
Battery shipping regulations
Service scheduling and authorization
Service package
Service turn-around times
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