Oceanographic instrument

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Definition of Oceanographic instrument:
An oceanographic instrument is a device that allows to measure one or more properties of seawater in situ.
This is the common definition for Oceanographic instrument, other definitions can be discussed in the article


An oceanographic instrument generally consists of one or more sensors and a signal processing unit that converts the sensor signal and carries out scaling and conversion to engineering units and the output data protocol.

Oceanographic instruments can contain data loggers to store measurement data for readout after the deployment.

Important properties

  • accuracy
  • precision
  • resolution
  • measurement rate
  • power consumption

(see also important properties of sensors)