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Float Parameter Definitions

Float Parameter Definitions

Updated: 2004-01-14
internal ID number                   number assigned by AOML
transmission ID number               number programmed into the float
transmission type                    ARGOS or ORBCOMM (or?)
instrument type                      type of float as defined by AOML
ARGOS program number                 ARGOS program number under which the data are received
WMO ID number                        number assigned by WMO
WMO instrument type (table 1770)     instrument type as defined by WMO
WMO recorder type (table 4770)       recorder type as defined by WMO
start time [dd mm yyyy hh mm (Z)]    date and time of `power on'
status of start time                 status of start time  (as recorded, approximated, unknown)
launch time [dd mm yyyy hh mm (Z)]   date and time of float deployment
status of launch time                status of launch time (as recorded, approximated, unknown)
launch position [lat latm lon lonm]  geographic position of deployment deployed in degrees and minutes.
                                     Range: latitude [-90, 90] and longitude [-180,180] 
status of launch position            status of launch position  (as recorded, approximated, unknown)
delay of first down time [hours]     elapsed time between `start time' and `start of first descent'
down time [days]                     elapsed time between `start of descent' and `start of ascent'
                                     (all float types except SOLOs)
up time [hours]                      elapsed time between `start of ascent' and `start of descent'
                                     (all float types except SOLOs)
cycle time [days]                    duration of one complete cycle (for float types TS1, TS2 and TS9)
descent time [hours]                 programmed period for the descent (for all SOLOs) 
neutral depth time [days]            time spent at drift depth (for all SOLOs) 
ascent time [hours]                  programmed period for the ascent (for all SOLOs) 
surface time [hours]                 duration of the transmision (for all SOLOs;
                                     note: the actual surface time is usually longer)
transmission repetition rate [sec]   elepsed time between two consecutive data transmissions
clock drift [hours/hours]            drift of clock time from actual time in hours
last cycle                           last cycle if float is `dead'
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calib eq 1 for salinity              first calibration equation for salinity
calib coef for salinity              coefficients for salinity calibration
calib eq 1 for pressure              first calibration equation for pressure 
calib eq 2 for pressure              second calibration equation for pressure
calib eq 3 for pressure              third calibration equation for pressure 
calib eq 4 for pressure              fourth calibration equation for pressure 
calib eq 5 for pressure              fifth calibration equation for pressure 
calib coef for pressure              coefficients for pressure calibration  
calib eq 1 for temperature           first calibration equation for temperature 
calib eq 2 for temperature           second calibration equation for temperature 
calib coef for temperature           coefficients for temperature calibration 
calib eq 1 for conductivity          first calibration equation for conductivity 
calib eq 2 for conductivity          second calibration equation for conductivity 
calib eq 3 for conductivity          third calibration equation for conductivity 
calib coef for conductivity          coefficients for conductivity calibration 
calib eq 1 for cpu voltage           first calibration equation for cpu voltage 
calib coef for cpu voltage           coefficients for cpu voltage calibration 
calib eq 1 for pump voltage          first calibration equation for pump voltage 
calib coef for pump voltage          coefficients for pump voltage calibration 
calib eq 1 for voltage               first calibration equation for voltage 
calib coef for voltage               coefficients for voltage calibration 
calib eq 1 for vacuum                first calibration equation for vacuum 
calib coef for vacuum                coefficients for vacuum calibration 
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temperature calibration date         date when temperature sensor was calibrated
pressure calibration date            date when pressure sensor was calibrated 
conductivty calibration date         date when conductivty sensor was calibrated 
float manufacturer                   float manufacturer
float serial number                  serial number of the float; e.g.
                                     for APEX-Webb use the "hull ID"
                                     for APEX-Webb&UW: use the "buoyancy engine id"
PI                                   principal investigator
principal investigator address       institution where principal investigator works
originating country                  country responsible for purchase and deployment
float deployer                       person that started and/or deployed the float
float deployer address               institution where float deployer works
deployment type                      type of vessel (R/V, VOS, airplane) used for deployment
deployment platform                  name of ship or VOS
deployment cruise id                 ID of research cruise, XBT line or other information
profile at deployment                CTD, XBT, XCTD, AXBT (with or without profile/station number)
nominal drift pressure [dbar]        preprogrammed drift pressure(s)
cycles for drift pressure            cycles for preprogrammed drift pressure(s)
nominal profile pressure [dbar]      preprogrammed profile pressure(s)
cycles for profile pressure          cycles for preprogrammed profile pressure(s)
Profile Sampling Method              method used to sample the profile (continuous or discrete)
pump type                            type of pump 
temperature sensor type              type of temperature sensor 
temperature sensor manufacturer      manufacturer of temperature sensor 
temperature sensor serial number     temperature sensor serial number 
conductivity sensor type             type of conductivity sensor 
conductivity sensor manufacturer     manufacturer of conductivity sensor 
conductivity sensor serial number    conductivity sensor serial number 
pressure sensor type                 type of pressure sensor 
pressure sensor manufacturer         manufacturer of pressure sensor 
pressure sensor serial number        pressure sensor serial number 
ROM version                          ROM firmware version
battery type                         battery type of the pump.
initial battery voltage [volt]       battery voltage at deployment (if more than one exist use 'pump voltage')
Board serial number                  serial number of the controller board
Board version                        version of the controller board
CPU serial number                    serial number of the CPU
CPU date                             CPU date
AUX serial number                    AUX serial number 
AUX date                             AUX date 
comment                              general comments