BOSS Bio-Optical Sensor System

BOSS Bio-Optical Sensor System

A flexible platform that expands sensor capabilities of profiling floats by providing multispectral radiometry, scattering, beam attenuation, chlorophyll, and CDOM measurements to complement the temperature, salinity and oxygen measurements of the profiling float.

The Bio-Optical Sensor System (BOSS) is an integrated suite of instruments developed for deployment on profiling float arrays to observe biogeochemical parameters at global scales. The BOSS is a flexible package that expands the sensor capability of profiling floats by providing multispectral radiometry, scattering, beam attenuation, chlorophyll, and CDOM measurements to complement the standard suite of parameters that includes temperature, salinity and oxygen.

The BOSS system manages data collection to minimize energy consumption. The instrument synchronizes multi-parameter sampling and logs the data including the pressure, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen data from the host profiling float with a common time reference to facilitate post processing.
 
Jointly developed by WET Labs and Satlantic, the BOSS system is currently in production in three sensor suite variants.

BOSS Sensor Options

Bio-Optical Sensor System Variant
SensorsParametersStandardLiteMini
 Timexxx
Heading, Pitch, Rollxxx
RadiometryPAR xx
Ed(412 nm)xxx
Ed(443 nm)xxx
Ed(490 nm)xxx
Ed(555 nm)x  
Lu(412 nm)x  
Lu(443 nm)x  
Lu(490 nm)x  
Lu(555 nm)x  
FluorometryChlorophyllxxx
CDOMxxx
Scatteringbb(412 nm)xxx
bb(440 nm)x  
bb(700 nm)xxx
Beam Attenuationc(650 nm)xx 

 

Scientific Poster

Biogeochemical Sensing Systems for Autonomous Profiling Floats

Monday, March 12, 2012
satlantic-wetlabs-BOSS.pdf
Technical Note

Cable and Bulkhead Connector Maintenance

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Bulkhead-Connectors.pdf

What should I use to lubricate bulkhead connectors?

WET Labs recommends keeping the connectors on your meter lubricated using a good quality silicone spray lubricant, such as 3M Silicone Spray or Loctite 8021 spray. These can be purchased at your local hardware store. Avoid silicone grease. It is messy and attracts contaminants. 

Do not use WD-40. It will destroy connectors.

How do I clean the optical surfaces on my transmissometer?

Functional Checks and Cleaning Methodology for WET Labs Transmissometers Download PDF

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