Now comes the moment to decide what the plan is for the coming weeks, and several options are being considered.
|Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Illustration by Nico Wienders|
Regardless of which option we choose (and I will let you know in my next blog post), the buoy has now been in the water for almost a month, and this alone can be considered a success!
The SailBuoy can be equipped with a wide range of sensors. Of course, the more sensors, the greater the cost of operating the buoy. Electric consumption also increases with the number of captors/measurements and satellite transmissions (the SailBuoy can be equipped with solar panels, but the current mission is relying on batteries to power the sensors).
|Sea Surface Temperature (ºC) in the North Atlantic |
as seen via a 1/36 º numerical simulation
and showing the warm Gulf Stream.
Illustration by Nico Wienders
Oxygen concentration is also influenced by interaction with the atmosphere, as well as by biological consumption and chemical reactions. In some ways, oxygen concentration can inform about the “age" of a water mass. However, oxygen concentration has no influence on the water density.
|Dr. Nico Wienders|
Florida State University