SBE 16plus SeaCAT C-T (P) Recorder - DISCONTINUED

The SBE 16plus was discontinued in 2008. Order the SBE 16plus V2 in its place.

The list below includes (as applicable) the current product brochure, manual, and quick guide; software manual(s); and application notes.

For older SBE 16plus product manuals, organized by instrument firmware version, click here.

Title Type Publication Date PDF File
SBE 16plus RS-232 Manual Product Manual Monday, September 12, 2016 16plus_rs232_019.pdf
SBE 16plus RS-485 Manual Product Manual Friday, December 14, 2007 16plus_RS485_007.pdf
Seasave V7 Manual Software Manual Thursday, May 26, 2016 Seasave_7.26.0.pdf
SBE Data Processing Manual Software Manual Thursday, May 26, 2016 SBEDataProcessing_7.26.0.pdf
Field Service Bulletin 9: SeaCAT FlashInit Error Field Service Bulletins Monday, March 8, 2010 FSB9.pdf
SBE 16plus RS-485 Quick Guide Product Quick Guide Friday, May 13, 2005 16plus_RS485_referencesheet_003.pdf
SBE 16plus RS-232 Quick Guide Product Quick Guide Thursday, July 19, 2007 16plus_rs232_ReferenceSheet_011.pdf
Seasave V7 Quick Guide Software Quick Guide Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Seasave_ReferenceSheet_001.pdf
AN02D: Instructions for Care and Cleaning of Conductivity Cells Application Notes Monday, June 13, 2016 appnote2DJun16.pdf
AN06: Determination of Sound Velocity from CTD Data Application Notes Tuesday, February 2, 2010 appnote06Aug04.pdf
AN10: Compressibility Compensation of Sea-Bird Conductivity Sensors Application Notes Tuesday, May 7, 2013 appnote10May13.pdf
AN12-1: Pressure Port Oil Refill Procedure and Nylon Capillary Fitting Replacement Application Notes Friday, September 12, 2008 appnote12-1Sep08.pdf
AN14: 1978 Practical Salinity Scale Application Notes Thursday, January 12, 1989 appnote14.pdf
AN16: Entering Calibration Coefficients for D&A Instruments (Campbell Scientific) OBS-3 Optical Backscatter Sensor Application Notes Thursday, September 18, 2014 appnote16Sep14.pdf
AN27D: Minimizing Strain Gauge Pressure Sensor Errors Application Notes Wednesday, May 18, 2016 appnote27DMay16.pdf
AN31: Computing Temperature and Conductivity Slope and Offset Correction Coefficients from Laboratory Calibrations and Salinity Bottle Samples Application Notes Monday, June 13, 2016 appnote31Jun16.pdf
AN34: Instructions for Use of Conductivity Cell Filling and Storage Device PN 50087 and 50087.1 Application Notes Saturday, October 13, 2012 appnote34Oct12.pdf
AN42: ITS-90 Temperature Scale Application Notes Wednesday, May 18, 2016 appnote42May16.pdf
AN52: AC Powered Opto-Isolated RS-485 to RS-232 Junction Box P/N 80491 Instructions for Application and Use Application Notes Tuesday, February 9, 2010 appnote52Feb10.pdf
AN56: Interfacing to RS-485 Sensors Application Notes Wednesday, February 11, 2009 appnote56Feb09.pdf
AN57: Connector Care and Cable Installation Application Notes Tuesday, May 13, 2014 appnote57Jan14.pdf
AN64-1: Plumbing Installation - SBE 43 DO Sensor and Pump on a CTD Application Notes Wednesday, April 16, 2008 appnote64-1Apr08.pdf
AN67: Editing Sea-Bird .hex Data Files Application Notes Monday, October 15, 2001 appnote67.pdf
AN68: Using USB Ports to Communicate with Sea-Bird Instruments Application Notes Friday, October 19, 2012 appnote68Oct12.pdf
AN69: Conversion of Pressure to Depth Application Notes Monday, July 1, 2002 appnote69.pdf
AN71: Desiccant Use and Regeneration (drying) Application Notes Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Appnote71May16.pdf
AN72: Setting Up WET Labs ECO Sensor with Bio-Wiper™ for integration with SeaCATplus CTDs (SBE 16plus, 16plus-IM, 19plus) Application Notes Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Appnote72May13.pdf
AN73: Using Instruments with Pressure Sensors at Elevations Above Sea Level Application Notes Thursday, May 19, 2016 appnote73May16.pdf
AN83: Deployment of Moored Instruments Application Notes Thursday, May 19, 2016 appnote83May16.pdf
AN84: Using Instruments with Druck Pressure Sensors in Muddy or Biologically Productive Environments Application Notes Tuesday, January 14, 2014 appnote84Jan14.pdf
AN90: Absolute Salinity and TEOS-10: Sea-Bird's Implementation Application Notes Tuesday, September 3, 2013 AppNote90Sep13.pdf
Deployment Endurance Calculator is an aid for quickly determining the maximum deployment length for a moored instrument, based on battery capacity. Deployment Endurance Calculator is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 1.7.0 released March 23, 2016
DeploymentEnduranceCalcV1.7.0-b88.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


Seaterm© is a terminal program for setup and data upload of a wide variety of older Sea-Bird instruments. Seaterm is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 1.59 released October 10, 2007
Seaterm_Win32_V1_59.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


Seasave V7© acquires, converts, and displays real-time or archived raw data from Sea-Bird profiling CTDs and thermosalinographs, as well as the SBE 16 family of moored CTDs. Seasave V7 is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 7.26.2 released September 6, 2016
SeasaveV7.26.2-b13.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


SBE Data Processing© consists of modular, menu-driven routines for converting, editing, processing, and plotting of oceanographic data acquired with Sea-Bird profiling CTDs, thermosalinographs, and the SBE 16 and 37 families of moored CTDs. SBE Data Processing is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 7.26.2 released September 6, 2016


How accurate is salinity measured by my CTD? What factors impact accuracy?

One of the reasons that this is not a simple question is that there are several factors to take into consideration regarding the error margin for practical salinity measurements. Salinity itself is a derived measurement from temperature, conductivity, and pressure, so any errors in these sensors can propagate to salinity. For example, Oour initial accuracy specification for the SBE 3plus temperature sensor and SBE 4 conductivity sensor on an SBE 9plus CTD is approximately equivalent to an initial salinity accuracy of 0.003 PSU (note that conductivity units of mS/cm are roughly equivalent in terms of magnitude to PSU).

However, another issue to consider is that this accuracy is defined for a clean, well-mixed calibration bath. In the ocean, some of the biggest factors that impact salinity accuracy are 1) sensor drift from biofouling or surface oils for conductivity in particular and 2) dynamic errors that can occur on moving platforms, particularly when conditions are rapidly changing, which will be true for all sensors that measure salinity. Sea-Bird provides recommendations, design features such as a pumped flow path, and data processing routines to align and improve data for the salinity calculation to account for thermal transients and hysteresis, and to match sensor response times.  Depending on the environment and the steepness of the gradient, and after careful data processing, this may continue to have an impact on salinity on the order of 0.002 PSU or more, for example. For more details, see Application Note 82.

Lastly, note that salinity in PSU is calculated according to the Practical Salinity Scale (PSS-78), which is defined as valid for salinity ranges from 2 – 42 PSU.

Many cables, mount kits, and spare parts can be ordered online.

Cables

  • 801225 To computer COM port (from XSG connector), 2.4 m, DN 32421
  • 801374 To computer COM port (from Wet-pluggable connector), 2.4 m, DN 32715
  • 17133 To SBE 5M, 5T, or 5P (RMG connectors), 1.12 m, DN 30565
  • 171503 To SBE 5M, 5T, or 5P (Wet-pluggable connectors), 1.12 m, DN 32499
  • 172447 To SBE 43 (RMG/AG connectors), 1.1 m, DN 32496
  • 172448 To SBE 43 (Wet-pluggable connectors), 1.1 m, DN 32654
  • 17088 To SBE 63 (RMG connectors), 1.1 m, DN 30567
  • 171792 To SBE 63 (Wet-pluggable connectors), 1.1 m, DN 32810
  • 171536 To Biospherical QSP-200PD (from 16plus AG connector), 1.5 m, DN 32536
  • 171693 To Biospherical QSP-2200PD (from 16plus AG connector), 1.5 m, DN 32693
  • 17610 To Biospherical QSP-200L or QSP-2300L (from AG connector), 2 m, DN 30701
  • 17602 To Chelsea AquaTracka or AlphaTracka (from AG connector), 1.2 m, DN 31253
  • 17361 To D&A OBS-3 (from AG connector), 0.76 m, DN 30954
  • 172130 To D&A OBS-3+ (from AG connector), High & Low range, 1 m, DN 33080
  • 172131 To D&A OBS-3+ (from Wet-pluggable connector), High & Low range, 1 m, DN 33081
  • 172109 To D&A OBS-3+ (from AG connector), Low range (1X), 1 m, DN 33058
  • 172111 To D&A OBS-3+ (from Wet-pluggable connector), Low range (1X), 1 m, DN 33060
  • 172110 To D&A OBS-3+ (from AG connector), High range (4X), 1 m, DN 33059
  • 172112 To D&A OBS-3+ (from Wet-pluggable connector), High range (4X), 1 m, DN 33061
  • 171559 To Li-Cor LI-192SA/193-SA (from 16plus/16plus V2 AG connector), 1.5 m, DN 32562
  • 171099 To Seapoint fluorometer or turbidity meter (1X) (from G connector), 1.1 m, DN 32073
  • 171147 To Seapoint fluorometer or turbidity meter (3X/5X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32101
  • 172221 To Seapoint fluorometer or turbidity meter (10X/20X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 31933
  • 171845 To Seapoint fluorometer or turbidity meter (30X/100X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 31924
  • 171908 To Turner Cyclops-7 (1X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32910
  • 171907 To Turner Cyclops-7 (10X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m), DN 32909
  • 171909 To Turner Cyclops-7 (100X) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32911
  • 171418 To Turner SCUFA (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32417
  • 17876 To WET Labs C-Star or WETStar with old-style 4-pin connector (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 31725
  • 171953 To WET Labs ECO-AFL, ECO-FL, C-Star, or WETStar with new-style 6-pin connector (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32491
  • 172437 To WET Labs ECO-AFL, ECO-FL, C-Star, or WETStar with new-style 6-pin connector (from Wet-pluggable connector), 1.1 m, DN 32853
  • 171869 To WET Labs ECO-FL-NTUS or ECO-FL-NTU(RT) (from AG connector), 1.1 m, DN 32812
  • 172285 To WET Labs ECO-FL-NTUS or ECO-FL-NTU(RT) (from Wet-pluggable connector), 1.1 m, DN 32846

Mount Kits

SeaCATplus Cage

  • 801269 SBE 16plus/16plus V2/19plus/19plus V2 to PN 801269 Cage (document 67171 and drawing 22009)
  • 801270 SBE 16plus/16plus V2/19plus/19plus V2 to PN 801270 Tall Cage; required for SBE 16plus/16plus V2/19plus/19plus V2 with Quartz pressure sensor (document 67171 and drawing 22010)

Spare Parts

Batteries

  • 801483  9D (10.8 V / 42 AH) lithium battery pack kit (document 67143) — see notes below.
  • 801479  3DD (10.8 V / 30 AH) lithium battery pack kit (document 67144) — see notes below.

Notes: 
1. Batteries not included.
2. Lithium battery packs cannot be used with a 16plus, 16plus-IM, 16plus V2, or 16plus-IM V2 that is integrated with SBE 5T or 5P pump, because of current limitations. They can be used with an instrument with no pump, or with an SBE 5M pump.

Hardware, O-ring, & Mounting Kits

  • 60021 Battery end cap hardware & O-ring kit for SBE 16/16plus/16plus-IM/16plus V2/16plus-IM V2, 17plus, 19/19plus/19plus V2, 25, 26/26plus, 53, 54, 55, or AFM (document 67042)
  • 50274 O-ring kit for SBE 16plus, 16plus-IM, 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus, or 19plus V2 (document 67102)
  • 50273 Hardware kit for SBE 16plus, 16plus-IM, 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus, or 19plus V2 (document 67103)
  • 90087 CTD plumbing kit (document 67108)
  • 50276 Seaspares kit for SBE 16plus or 19plus with XSG/AG connectors (hardware, O-rings, magnetic switch, cable, dummy plugs, connectors, etc.) (document 67104)
  • 50301 Seaspares kit for SBE 16plus or 19plus with wet-pluggable connectors (hardware, O-rings, magnetic switch, cable, dummy plugs, connectors, etc.) (document 67116)

Miscellaneous

  • 801542 AF24173 Anti-Foulant Device (pair, bagged, labeled for shipping)
  • 233186 High-head pressure port plug for muddy/biologically productive environments (for instrument with Druck pressure sensor) (Application Note 84)