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Bermuda Container Line

Oleander XBT and TSG program

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has been deploying XBTs, collecting surface salinity samples from the CMV Oleander since 1977 as part of their ship of opportunity program (SOOP). XBT and TSG operations on the Oleander continue to be supported by the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorlogical Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. Their support includes equipment, XBTs, software and computers in support of data collection as part of a much larger global observation program (AOML GOOS Center). AOML also provides logistical assistance for the SOOP program. Preliminary XBT data may be found at:

Autonomous Expendable Instrument System (AXIS)

A robotic autolauncher system for XBT, XCTD, XSV. The first AXIS prototype developed by David Fratantoni, WHOI scientist, is deployed on CMV Oleander. For moe information see the WHOI news release 'Robotic probe launcher may transform ocean data collection' and the WHOI Autonomous Systems Lab .

Continuous Plankton Recorder

As part of the Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys (GACS), NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA/NFSC), collects zooplankton and phytoplankton by conducting transect surveys with their Hardy Continuous Plankton Recorder (since 1971).