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Rosette Sampler

General Information

Water sampling devices range from a bucket dropped over the side of a small boat to large water bottles sent toward the deep ocean seafloor on a wire. Probably the most commonly used water sampler is known as a rosette. It is a framework with 12 to 36 sampling bottles (typically ranging from 1.2- to 30-liter capacity) clustered around a central cylinder, where a CTD or other sensor package can be attached.

Technical Information

Advantages:
Relatively simple to use (rosette only)

Disadvantages:
Heavy to transport/deploy
May be very fragile

Deployment Gear/Constraints

Heavy gauge winch wire
High capacity boat

Further Information

Introductory text modified from: University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), The Research Fleet, edited by Vicky Cullen; Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA; 2000.

Last updated: March 13, 2006