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SeaOWL UV-A™ (Sea Oil-in-Water Locator)

Based-upon the highly successful Sea-Bird Scientific ECO sensor, Sea-Bird Scientific has developed an industry-leading oil-detection technology with 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor. SeaOWL-UV-A™ measures crude oil-in-water using the same UV-A excitation and blue emission wavelengths (370 nm EX, 460 nm EM) currently used in the ECO FDOM fluorometer. The SeaOWL UV-A™ improves the resolution and range of the ECO with a greater depth of field, optimized electronics and dynamic gain stage modulation. The new dynamic gain provides industry-leading sensitivity across a large detection range, making saturation unlikely in even the most heavily impacted environments. The compact SeaOWL UV-A™ design also includes chlorophyll fluorescence and 700 nm backscattering measurements to discriminate crude oil from phytoplankton and other natural sources of FDOM.

  • Industry-leading optical resolution

  • Wide dynamic gain prevents measurement saturation even within heavily impacted environments

  • Three parameters in a single sensor: chlorophyll, backscattering, and Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter (FDOM)

  • Backscattering and chlorophyll fluorescence provide discrimination of crude oil from phytoplankton and other natural sources of FDOM
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