The Rib Reef network was installed in 2009 although it was also damaged in 2011 by Cyclone 'Yasi'. As a result there is a data gap of around ten months. The network consists of a single large buoy located on the northern side of the reef exposed to the open ocean in around 12m depth of water.
The buoy is designed to measure the ingress of water across the shelf, in particular upwelling events, in conjunction with the sensors at Myrmidon Reef (shelf edge) and Orpheus Island (coast).
The buoy has a long sensor cable that goes to the bottom, along the sea bed for around 30 metres and then a length that rises to 9m below the surface supported by flotation. This allows for two depth profiles to be sampled; the one from the buoy to the bottom and the second from the bottom line to the sub-surface floatation. The system measures mostly temperature and salinity as these are the main measures of potential upwelling.
The Rib Reef Wireless Sensor Network was decommissioned December 2014, previous data is available on the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.
The following sensors have been deployed at Rib Reef:
To download a pdf copy of the table below for Rib Reef click here.
|Platform||Type||Sensor Type||Sensor Model||Depth (LAT)|
|SF1||Large Buoy||Temperature||MEA Thermistor||Surface|
|Temperature||Seabird SBE39||3.2m + 10.0m +|
|16.9m + 19.7m +|
|Depth||Seabird SBE39||3.2m + 10.0m +|
|16.9m + 19.7m +|
|Salinity||Seabird SBE37||10.0m +19.7m|
The wireless sensor networks are supported by the Island Research Stations under the Tropical Marine Network (TMN) banner. Partners include the University of Queensland which run the Heron Island Research Station, the University of Sydney which run the One Tree Island Research Station, James Cook University which run the Orpheus Island Research Station and the Australian Museum that run the Lizard Island Research Station.
The Facility had significant initial funding from the Queensland State Government via the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.
The Facility also was a partner in the ARC Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) project.