Two successful glider deployments (from four) on the Australian North West Shelf from April 1-21, 2012 collected more than 4000 glider CTD profiles during these three weeks of glider transects. In addition to the CTD measurements made by the gliders, each had a 3-channel fluorescence ECO puck, a 3-channel optical scattering ECO puck, and a beam attenuation meter to make optical measurements. The gliders were spaced from the North West Cape to offshore of Dampier and each glider transect was piloted close to nearby clusters of moorings designed to measure internal wave activity. The data were used to study how internal tides affect the assimilation of glider measurements into ocean forecast models.
The glider data is part of a larger observational and modelling dataset for the North West Shelf of Australia formed through the collaboration of U.S. and Australian funded projects. Staff at the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Ocean Gliders Facility processed the North West Shelf glider data and the data is now available via the AODN Portal.
For further information on this project see here.