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  August 2015  

Sea-Bird Scientific Launches New Oil-in-Water Sensor

Sea-Bird Scientific is pleased to announce the launch of the new SeaOWL UV-ATM in-situ oil-in-water sensor. Based on the highly successful WET Labs ECO sensor, the SeaOwl UV-ATM introduces industry-leading oil-detection technology that creates a 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor. By combining three optical sensing techniques, this unique instrument greatly minimizes false positives, reducing operational cost and risk related to sub-sea oil leak-detection.

SeaOWL UV-ATM is configured to measure:

  • Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Backscatter
  • FDOM (Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter)


  • Industry-leading optical resolution
  • Wide dynamic gain prevents measurement saturation even within heavily impacted environments
  • Three parameters in a single sensor: chlorophyll, backscattering, and Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter (FDOM)
  • Backscattering and chlorophyll fluorescence provide discrimination of crude oil from phytoplankton and other natural sources of FDOM

SeaOWL UV-ATM is manufactured at the WET Labs facility in Philomath, OR.

For more information on the new SeaOWL UV-ATM, visit the WET Labs website or call us at +1 541 929 5650.

pH Now Available on the Navis BGCi Profiling Float

Sea-Bird Scientific's new Navis BGCi + pH adds the Satlantic Float Deep SeaFETTM pH sensor to the Navis BGCi package, providing CTD, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll a, backscattering, pH, and measurements from up to 3 other sensors in one integrated data stream. The Float Deep SeaFETTM, an adaptation of the Deep-Sea DuraFET developed collaboratively by MBARI/SIO/Honeywell, is integrated into the CTD's pumped flow path for bio-fouling protection.



  • Integrated Float Deep SeaFETTM
  • SBE 63 Optical Dissolved Oxygen sensor
  • WET Labs ECO-MCOMS fluorometer / backscattering sensor
  • SBE 41N CTD - integrated data stream for all sensors on float, and continuous profiling from 2000 dbars; same CTD family as current Argo floats
  • Additional bolt-on sensors available
  • Flexible mission sequencing, allowing more frequent sampling in upper water column
  • Backed by Sea-Bird Scientific warranty

For more information on the new Navis BGCi + pH, visit our website or call us at +1 425 643 9866.







Meet the People
Dr. Burkhard Plache, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Burkhard Plache, based at the Satlantic site in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been a key part of the Sea-Bird Scientific R&D team for over 20 years. Before coming to Halifax, Burkhard received a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany. In his 21 years with Satlantic, Burkhard has been responsible for processing satellite imagery, designing instrument calibration setups, and optimizing sensor operational performance. Burkhard has also been intimately involved in the development of radiometers, spectrophotometers and active fluorometers with a focus on instrument firmware and calibration. Burkhard also provides his expert scientific and mathematical support to Satlantic's Support, Service and R&D groups.

In his spare time, Burkhard is an avid botanist and photographer, cataloging rare plant species in both Nova Scotia and Germany.


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