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  October 2015  

Product imageSeaOWLTM Now Available
on Slocum Gliders

Sea-Bird Scientific introduces the SeaOWL UV-ATM SLC for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocum glider.

SeaOWL UV-ATM SLC measures crude oil-in-water. Based on the highly successful WET Labs’ ECO sensor, Sea-Bird Scientific has developed an industry-leading oil-detection technology with a 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor.


  • Designed for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocom glider
  • Industry-leading optical resolution
  • Wide dynamic gain prevents measurement saturation, even within heavily impacted environments
  • 3 parameters in a single sensor: chlorophyll, backscattering, and Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter
  • Backscattering and chlorophyll fluorescence provide discrimination of crude oil from phytoplankton and other natural sources of FDOM

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


Team DuraFET Donates XPRIZE Award to UW

On Monday, October 12th, Team DuraFET* (2nd place winner for accuracy in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE) presented the University of Washington’s College of the Environment with a check for $250,000 (US) as a contribution toward the college's Argo program. Sea-Bird Scientific is proud to be part of the award winning Team DuraFET and participate in this contribution to a higher education campus that is producing the next generation of oceanographers and climate scientists.

Pictured above are:
Jim Hochstein, Sea-Bird Scientific; Bob Carlson, Honeywell; Ken Johnson, MBARI; Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment; Ginger Armbrust, Director of the School of Oceanography; Jyotika Virmani, XPRIZE; Tom Mitchell, Sea-Bird Scientific.

*Team DuraFET: Sea-Bird Scientific, in association with Honeywell Aerospace, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has designed a new pH sensor to help scientists and researchers accurately monitor ocean acidification. Read the press release [PDF] for more information.



Drop by to see us at the following shows

MTS/IEEE Oceans 2015
Washington, D.C., USA
Booth 500

Oceanology International China 2015
Shanghai, China
November 3 - 5, 2015
Booth C01
(Laurel Technologies)

International Symposium on the Indian Ocean
Goa, India
Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2015

AGU Fall Meeting 2015
San Francisco, CA, USA
December 14 - 18, 2015
Booth 912







Class PhotoTraining at Sea-Bird University
Sea-Bird Scientific offers regularly scheduled four-day training classes approximately two times per year at an off-site location near our office/factory in Bellevue, Washington (12 miles from downtown Seattle). At Sea-Bird, we believe that effective training optimizes the performance of our instruments. Through our comprehensive training modules, we teach our customers how to get the most from their instruments. Training consists of comprehensive operator training on major Sea-Bird products and software, and is hands-on in nature. The curriculum covers profiling instruments, thermosalinographs, and moored instruments, and includes theory and operation, data processing, and maintenance and repair. We encourage you to take advantage of our expertise and participate in our training classes. Visit for more details, or contact Payal Parikh ( to get on the wait list for the next class in 2016.


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We are always looking for photos of our products in the field. Please feel free to send us any photos you may have. Your photo might be used in our social media, a future newsletter, or even in some of our printed material. If you would like us to credit you, we can do that too. Just let us know!

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Tech TipTech Tip: Input Voltages for WET Labs Instruments

Ever wonder what the input voltage of your WET Labs instrument was right before plugging it in? Take the guesswork (and repairs) out of it using this handy look-up table.


Meet Our People
Thomas O. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Director, Ocean Research Business Unit

Tom is the Director for the Ocean Research Business Unit, which serves our oceanographic and research-based customers. Tom's major focus is to enhance the capabilities of Sea-Bird Scientific to support scientists and researchers in the field. Tom foresees a significant opportunity for growth in sensors and systems for the study of ocean biogeochemistry.

Tom received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Tom holds an MBA from the University of Colorado with a joint M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, Denver. Tom joined Sea-Bird Electronics in October 2011 as Director of Research and Development. In October 2013 he moved to his current position as Business Unit Director as part of the continued unification of Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs, and Satlantic into Sea-Bird Scientific.

Besides work, Tom is currently enjoying helping his son build an underwater ROV for a high school robotics project.


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