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