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Profiling floats are providing unprecedented sampling of the global oceans through the international Argo program and others. Sea-Bird offers several products for autonomous profiling. Sea-Bird offers a CTD for integration with floats from a number of float manufacturers, as well as several floats for CTD and Biogeochemical (BGC) applications.

See the following for more details on profiling floats:

A versatile platform for measuring the apparent optical properties of the ocean and designed to interchange Sea-Bird Scientific's hyperspectral or multispectral optical sensors.
Autonomous profiling float for Argo and other programs, with Sea-Bird CTD. Sufficient power for 300 CTD profile cycles to 2000 dbars.
Autonomous profiling float for Argo and other programs, with Sea-Bird CTD and Dissolved Oxygen sensor, integrated WET Labs MCOMS fluorometer/backscattering sensor, and multiple optional bolt-on sensors. Sufficient power for 250 CTD profile cycles to 2000 dbars (excluding optional sensors).
Autonomous profiling float for Argo and other programs, with Sea-Bird CTD, Dissolved Oxygen sensor, MCOMS fluorometer/backscattering sensor and Float pH sensor, which adapts the field-tested MBARI/SIO/Honeywell Deep-Sea DuraFET technology to measure pH.
The Deep SUNA nitrate sensor is the ultimate solution for monitoring nitrate concentrations with AUVs in deep ocean environments to 2000 m.
ECO FL fluorometers measure fluorescence from chlorophyll-a, CDOM, uranine, rhodamine, and phycoyanin and phycoerythrin.
The ECO 2k family is designed for float applications requiring a 2000 meter depth rating.
The ECO 6k family of sensors is designed for float applications requiring a 6000 meter depth rating.
Based upon the highly successful Sea-Bird Scientific ECO sensor, Sea-Bird Scientific has developed an industry leading detection technology creating a 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor.
The Sea-Bird Scientific SeaOWL UV-A™ SLC introduces a new in-situ oil-in-water sensor specifically designed for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocom glider.
SBE 41 Argo CTD for Autonomous Profiling Floats
Autonomous profiling CTD for Argo and other programs, supplying more than 90% of the annual Argo program floats.
Designed for extremely fast sampling rate in above-water measurements of ocean colour using Sea-Bird Scientific's multispectral or hyperspectral digital optical sensors.
The puck is a miniature version of the popular Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series sensors built for OEM applications.
The c-Rover 2000 is an optical transmissometer designed for long-term deployment aboard profiling floats.
The SBE 61 Deep Argo CTD is designed for deployments to 7000 m on Argo floats.
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