Ocean Observing Systems

Modeling and observational studies of the earth's natural waters will undergo a major paradigm shift as we move our focus from discrete measurements in support of individual research efforts to long-term integrated observational systems that support the community at large. Integrated ocean observing systems that address the diverse needs of the aquatic scientific community are expected to be the core tools in aquatic research for the foreseeable future.

While the conceptual framework for these observatories promises immense positive impact for diverse arenas of social, economic and scientific needs, the practical considerations in making such systems operationally cost effective prove daunting. In response to this challenge WET Labs has partnered with Satlantic Inc. to establish a new company dedicated to providing sensors, systems and networks for operational use in long-term observing networks.

WET Labs provides instrumentation to leading ocean observing networks throughout the world. Our products are used for long term monitoring by both large government agencies and smaller regional systems including NSF’s Ocean Observing Initiative, NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System, the SCCF RECON, and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System. Regional observing systems managed by NOAA have several sites outfitted with ECO fluorometers and WQMs. There are several monitoring sites throughout the Great Barrier Reef with our equipment. The Australian Institute for Marine Science owns and operates several ECO FLNTUs. We are enthusiastic about taking part in large scale monitoring efforts.  Whether the observing system is in place or planning has just begin, we can offer guidance along the way.

Current Users and Marketing Links

National Ocean Observing Systems- IMOS

Regional Observing Systems- Sanibel Captiva and Chesapeake Bay NOAA


SeaOWL UV-A™ (SeaWater Oil Finder™)
Based upon the highly successful WET Labs’ ECO sensor, Sea-Bird Scientific has developed an industry leading detection technology creating a 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor.
The Water Quality Monitor (WQM) is designed to deliver core biogeochemical water quality parameters in coastal ecosystems from a single integrated package.
Bolt-on biogeochemical sensors are now available from Sea-Bird Scientific.
The new Navis BGCi offers a profiling float with an integrated data stream for a suite of biogeochemical sensors.
The c-Rover 2000 is an optical transmissometer designed for long-term deployment aboard profiling floats.
The Sea-Bird Scientific SeaOWL UV-A™ SLC introduces a new in-situ oil-in-water sensor specifically designed for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocom glider.
ECO FL fluorometers measure fluorescence from chlorophyll-a, CDOM, uranine, rhodamine, and phycoyanin and phycoerythrin.
The Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series of sensors incorporates a common set of options with a single basic design to make them ideal for a wide variety of deployments.
ECO Triplet-w
The ECO Triplet custom optical instrument is now available with active anti-biofouling. It features an evolutionary design that builds off the bio-wiper and faceplate available on the current ECO line.
ECO Triplet
The Triplet is a a special-order, three-optical-sensor instrument available in a user-defined configuration. The Triplet addresses the need for multiple simultaneous scattering and fluorescence sensors for autonomous and unattended measurement platforms.
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