Testbed mooring provides new research platform near Bermuda

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Abstract

A deep water surface-to-bottom mooring is now available to the oceanographic community for testing, calibrating, and intercomparing a variety of sensors and systems. Academic, government, and commercial users are encouraged to use the mooring; community interest is vital to its success.

The mooring is located about 80 km southeast of Bermuda in waters 4500 m deep. Researchers can utilize facilities of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research for staging. The mooring is redeployed 3 times a year and the site is sampled for several physical, bio-optical, biological, and chemical variables about 16 times annually by scientists using the R/V Weatherbird II as part of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study's Bermuda Atlantic Time Series Program. Atmospheric and satellite remote sensing observations are also being made.