Readings

This page presents a collection of course notes and supplemental readings.

Course Notes

The table below provides information on the course’s lecture (L) and laboratory (Lab) sessions.

SES # TOPICS READINGS INSTRUCTORS
L1 Introduction to Class, Requirements and get Student Interests/Focus Irish - Introduction to the Course ( PDF)

Williams - Instrument Systems and Limits to Measurement ( PDF)

Irish

Williams

L2 Transducers, Instrument Systems and Limits to Measurements

Irish - Instrumentation Specifications ( PDF)

Williams - Instrument Systems and Limits to Measurement ( PDF)

Irish

Williams

Lab 1 Background Lab: Electronics    
L3 Introduction to Sampling Theory, Statistics, Fourier Transforms, Filters and Filtering Introduction to Sampling Theory and Data Analysis ( PDF) Irish
L4 Filters and Filtering (cont.), Sampling Theorem, Aliasing, Nyquist Frequency Introduction to Sampling Theory and Data Analysis ( PDF) Irish
Lab 2 Background Lab: Circuit Construction, Soldering, Scopes, DVM    
L5 Power Spectra, Coherence, Confidence Limits Introduction to Sampling Theory and Data Analysis ( PDF) Irish
Lab 3 Background Lab: MAVS Circuit Analysis, Discussion, Testing    
L6 Digitizing, Ideal A/C, Frequency Counting, Least Count Error

The Sampling Process ( PDF)

Sampling the Environment Properly ( PDF)

Irish
L7 Calibrations, Static, Dynamic and Sensor Response Calibrations: Static and Dynamic ( PDF) Irish
Lab 4 Background Lab: Hardware for Use in the Ocean    
L8 Sensor Noise, Signal to Noise and Frequency Response Effects Instrumentation Specifications ( PDF) Irish
L9 Sea Water Properties, Distributions, Equation of State of Sea Water

Measurement of the Physical Properties of Seawater ( PDF)

Supplemental Reading
Williams - Water Properties, CTD and High Precision Digitizers ( PDF)

Irish
Lab 5 Background Lab: Compass, Tilt, Motion, Acoustic Releases, Pingers, Acoustic Locators    
L10 Pressure - Temperature Sensors/Measurements and Standards

Measurement of the Physical Properties of Seawater ( PDF)

_Supplemental Reading
_Williams - Water Properties, CTD and High Precision Digitizers ( PDF)

Irish
L11 Conductivity/Salinity Sensors/Measurements and Standards

Measurement of the Physical Properties of Seawater ( PDF)

_Supplemental Reading
_Williams - Water Properties, CTD and High Precision Digitizers ( PDF)

Irish
Lab 6 Background Lab: Calibrations Part 1    
L12 CTDs - Profiling, Towed, Self-contained Measurement of the Physical Properties of Seawater ( PDF)

_Supplemental Reading
_Williams - Water Properties, CTD and High Precision Digitizers ( PDF)

Irish
L13 Buoys, Moorings, Compliance   Irish
Lab 7 Background Lab: Calibrations Part 2    
L14 Ropes, Fibers, Cables, Compliant Elements   Walter Paul
L15 Data Systems, Recorders, A/D’s, Microprocessors and Telemetry Williams - Microprocessors, Embedded Processors, Modern Sensing Systems ( PDF) Al Bradley
Lab 8 Cruise Lab: Divide Class into Groups, Start Work on Instruments    
L16 Eulerian Current Meters - VACM, VMCM, ACM, BASS Eulerian Current Measurements and the Acoustic Current Meter ( PDF) Williams
L17 Lagrangian Currents - Draper LCD, TriStar, Swallow Float, SOFAR, RAFOS Lagrangian Current Measurements and Integrating Current Meters ( PDF) Williams
Lab 9 Cruise Lab: Instruments (cont.)    
L18 Acoustic Current Meters - ADV, ADCP, LDV Modular Acoustic Velocity Sensor - A Commercial Prototype ( PDF) Williams
L19 Acoustic Backscattering and Sediment Transport - ABS, SSS   Peter Traykovski
Lab 10 Cruise Lab: Final Instrument Preparation/Checkout    
Lab 11 Cruise Lab: Deployment and Survey during Whole Day    
L20 Meteorology (Winds, Pressure, Temperature, Relative Humidity, Radiation)   Jim Edson
L21 Platforms - Drifters, Ships, Bottom-mounted, AUV, ROV   Hanu Singh
Lab 12 Cruise Lab: Recover Instruments    
L22 Imaging   Hanu Singh
L23 Bio-optical - Fluorometers, Transmissometers, OBS, Radiometers, PAR Williams - Optical Instrumentation ( PDF) Peter Traykovski
Lab 13 Cruise Lab: Analysis and Discussion    
L24 Remote Sensing - Satellite, Radar, VHF Radar, LDV, ADCP, and ADV Remote Sensing ( PDF) Williams
L25 Other Topics of Student Interest

Optical Sensors Shadowgraph and Nephelometer ( PDF)

Economics of Instrumentation ( PDF)

Williams
Lab 14 Oral Presentations and Written Reports of Cruise Results    

Supplemental Readings

References for Spring 2004 ( PDF)

Reading List from Spring 2000 ( PDF)

The Art of Oceanographic Instrumentation ( PDF).
This manuscript by Dr. Williams contains the first five chapters of a work-in-progress book.

  • Introduction
  • Capturing the Signal
  • Sensors as Transducers
  • Noise and Limits to Measurement
  • Sampling and Time Series Analysis

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