Matching Temperature and Conductivity Sensor Response Characteristics

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  • 1 Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009 Australia
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Abstract

A method to match the response of the SBE-3 temperature sensor and the SBE-4 conductivity cell is described. The technique uses a recursive filter in the time domain, which allows direct calculation of salinity and density, and thus offers a significant computational advantage over other methods. The response of any sensor may be matched or sharpened using this method provided that the sensor can be modeled appropriately.

Using this method the useful bandwidth of the SBE-3 temperature sensor may be improved by a factor of between 3 and 7, depending on the permissible signal-to-noise ratio degradation. It is also possible to match the SBE-3 and SBE-4 responses closely and thus remove spikes in the profiles of calculated salinity and density.

Abstract

A method to match the response of the SBE-3 temperature sensor and the SBE-4 conductivity cell is described. The technique uses a recursive filter in the time domain, which allows direct calculation of salinity and density, and thus offers a significant computational advantage over other methods. The response of any sensor may be matched or sharpened using this method provided that the sensor can be modeled appropriately.

Using this method the useful bandwidth of the SBE-3 temperature sensor may be improved by a factor of between 3 and 7, depending on the permissible signal-to-noise ratio degradation. It is also possible to match the SBE-3 and SBE-4 responses closely and thus remove spikes in the profiles of calculated salinity and density.

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