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September 2018 Newsletter

Radiometer Calibration Lab Transfer
Positive pressure and sticky mats shun light-scattering dust from a room in Philomath, Oregon—the site of a new brand new radiometer calibration facility. As Sea-Bird Scientific’s facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia (formerly Satlantic) shuttered its doors, radiometer production and calibration moved across the continent, setting up shop in Sea-Bird Scientific’s Philomath site (formerly WET Labs). As with any new calibration lab, rigorous testing is crucial to determine if the new Oregon facility can meet Halifax quality.

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Puget Sound in Washington State
FRM4SOC Project

Scientists from around the world donned white jumpsuits and entered an unusual room. Inside, all furniture and walls were painted black, and very particular lamps emitted light directly into a device harnessed to a dark table. This was Laboratory Comparison Exercise 2 (LCE-2) of the FRM4SOC project lead by the European Space Agency. The goal: to quantify uncertainty of commercial ocean color radiometers for verification of satellite data.

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Sea-Bird Scientific HyperNav
HyperNAV Hyperspectral Radiometer

As remote sensing satellites orbit Earth, Sea-Bird Scientific and NASA are developing a tool to drift with ocean currents. The HyperNav, a combination of hyperspectral radiometers and a Navis profiling float, provides in-situ calibration and verification for ocean color satellites. Unlike fixed location radiometers, the HyperNav travels through optically diverse environments allowing for greater matchups with satellite measurements.

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Ocean Optics XXIV

Sea-Bird Scientific is exhibiting at Ocean Optics XXIV in Dubrovnik, Croatia from October 7-12, 2018. Our scientists are also presenting their posters on radiometers and fluorescence sensors. Come see us at Booth 1 and have a look at our Optical Sensor Suite along with other instruments. Andrew Barnard and Cristina Orrico will be present to discuss your program and application requirements.

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 Andrew Barnard, Chief Technology Officer
Meet our People: Andrew Barnard, Chief Technology Officer

Andrew received his B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in Oceanography and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University. Over the course of the past 15 years, Andrew has held many responsibilities for Sea-Bird Scientific, including Director of Engineering, Vice President of Research and Development, and a Senior Research Scientist. His current role is Chief Technology Officer focusing on technology and product innovations strategy for Sea-Bird Scientific. Andrew’s research background and interests focus on inherent and apparent optical properties, ocean color remote sensing, and biogeochemical interactions. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Lisal and daughter Ella, traveling, skiing, golfing and enjoying the outdoors as a family. He is also a dedicated hockey fan (Go Avalanche).

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