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Glider Data

Glider 48900 collected 893 profiles of salinity and 893 profiles of temperature (1786 total) from May 28 - June 21, 2010:
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Glider 48901 collected 5814 profiles of salinity and 5814 profiles of temperature (11628 total) from May 28 - August 10, 2010:
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Glider 48902 collected 776 profiles of salinity and 776 profiles of temperature (1552 total) from May 28 - September 5, 2010:
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Glider 48903 collected 2936 profiles of salinity and 2936 profiles of temperature (5872 total) from June 4 - July 26, 2010:
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Glider 48904 collected 6395 profiles of salinity and 6395 profiles of temperature (12790 total) from June 4 - October 22, 2010:
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Glider 48905 collected 4260 profiles of salinity and 4260 profiles of temperature (8520 total) from June 8 - July 12, 2010:
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Glider 48906 collected 19514 profiles of salinity and 19514 profiles of temperature (39028 total) from June 21 - September 20, 2010:
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Glider 48908 collected 302 profiles of salinity and 308 profiles of temperature (610 total) from June 22 - August 19, 2010:
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Glider 48909 collected 220 profiles of salinity and 232 profiles of temperature (452 total) from June 22 - August 18, 2010:
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Glider 48910 collected 923 profiles of salinity and 923 profiles of temperature (1846 total) from June 7 - September 20, 2010:
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Gliders (Temperature & Salinity)

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What is a Glider? An underwater glider is a type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that uses small changes in its buoyancy in conjunction with wings to convert vertical motion to horizontal, and thereby propel itself forward with very low power consumption. Gliders typically take measurements such as temperature, conductivity (to calculate salinity), currents, chlorophyll fluorescence, optical backscatter, bottom depth, and (occasionally) acoustic backscatter. They navigate with the help of periodic surface GPS fixes, pressure sensors, tilt sensors, and magnetic compasses. Gliders can be built to withstand various depths and pressures.

Float Data

Float 4901043 collected 13 profiles of salinity and 13 profiles of temperature (26 total) from July 12 - November 29, 2010:
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Float 4901044 collected 18 profiles of salinity and 18 profiles of temperature (36 total) from June 17 - December 4, 2010:
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Float 4901265 collected 48 profiles of salinity and 48 profiles of temperature (96 total) from May 24 - December 6, 2010:
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Float 4901266 collected 49 profiles of salinity and 49 profiles of temperature (98 total) from May 26 - December 4, 2010:
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Float 4901267 collected 30 profiles of salinity and 30 profiles of temperature (60 total) from May 26 - September 20, 2010:
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Float 4901268 collected 45 profiles of salinity and 45 profiles of temperature (90 total) from May 26 - December 4, 2010:
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Float 4901269 collected 49 profiles of salinity and 49 profiles of temperature (98 total) from May 26 - December 4, 2010:
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Float 4901270 collected 49 profiles of salinity and 49 profiles of temperature (98 total) from May 27 - December 5, 2010:
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Float 4901271 collected 39 profiles of salinity and 39 profiles of temperature (78 total) from July 5 - December 4, 2010:
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Float 4901272 collected 39 profiles of salinity and 39 profiles of temperature (78 total) from July 4 - December 3, 2010:
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Float 4901273 collected 1 profile of salinity and 1 profile of temperature (2 total) on July 4, 2010:
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Float 4901274 collected 29 profiles of salinity and 29 profiles of temperature (58 total) from August 17 - December 3, 2010:
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Floats (Temperature & Salinity)

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What is a Float? Floats, sometimes referred to as ocean profiling floats, are designed to drift at a fixed pressure and depth. After a certain time period, the floats move upward in the water column collecting profiles of pressure, temperature, and salinity data on their way to the surface. Once at the surface, the floats remain there for under a day, transmitting the data collected by satellite back to NOAA, and thereby allowing one to determine their surface drift. They then sink again, and repeat their mission. Floats usually have a nominal lifetime of five years, and will yield valuable information about large-scale ocean water property distributions and currents, including their variability over time.