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SVP buoy

Benjamin Harden

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September 11th

One of the easier bits of oceanographic equipment to deploy, a Surface Velocity Program (SVP) is a free floating instrument which measures ocean currents. The instrument is attached to a drogue, or sea anchor (the flat, red object in the video), which keeps it "tethered" to a parcel of water allowing it to be taken along with the flow. It transmits it's position via satellite allowing scientists to find out where currents are flowing.

SVP buoy from Benjamin Harden on Vimeo.

Last updated: September 29, 2010

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