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Davies Reef Automated Marine Weather And Oceanographic Station

Australian Institute of Marine Science
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ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Adc&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2FANDS&rft_id=info:doi10.25845/5c09bf93f315d&rft.title=Davies Reef Automated Marine Weather And Oceanographic Station&rft.identifier=https://doi.org/10.25845/5c09bf93f315d&rft.publisher=Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)&rft.description=This dataset contains meteorological and sea temperature data from the weather station moored in the lagoon on Davies Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.\n These data are collected to support scientific research at AIMS. Data are made available on request to other researchers and to the public.\n The weather station is an AIMS Mk3 System. \nData recorded: Sea Temperature (4m, 8.5m and 18.5m at MSL), Barometric Pressure, Air Temperature, Solar Radiation (PAR), Wind Direction True (vector averaged), Wind Speed True (30 min average). \n \n1. Operation and Weather Sensors \n \nThe weather stations collect and store data in electronic memory every half-hour. A central base station calls each remote station regularly using HF radio or telephone lines. The data is transmitted over the radio as a frequency shift keyed signal, organised as packets of information. Errors are detected using parity and check sum methods. Invalid packets are identified by the Base Station, which requests they be sent again. This concept allows recovery of a very high percentage of the data despite poor communications. Remote stations store data for 21 days. Features such as automatic operation, remote control, remote time setting, built in diagnostics, have been developed and incorporated. \n \nThe sensors are a key part of a weather station. The following are chosen considering the cost, reliability and accuracy. \n* R.M.Young manufactures the wind sensor, a model number 05103. It is a propeller type with the advantages of being highly linear, highly interchangeable and having a low threshold. Wind direction is measured as the direction the wind is coming from. \n* The solar radiation sensor is an Under Water Quantum Sensor made by Licor. It measures light in terms of its Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR). The spectral response is defined and weighted. Drift due to aging of the filters has proven to be a problem, but this applies to similar units too. \n* Temperature sensors are all Omega Interchangeable Thermistors. These are interchangeable and have high accuracy, but reliability has proven a problem. We are considering alternatives. \n* The barometric sensor was a modified Aanderaa type on earlier stations. The Mk2 stations were fitted with a Weathertronics Unit. Now all stations are Mk3 stations fitted with a Vaisala barometer which is more interchangeable and more accurate. \n \n2. System Accuracy \n \nSystem accuracy is calculated as the sum of errors caused by: \n * Calibration \n * Interchanging sensors \n * Drift with time \n * Effects of an ambient temperature range from 0-40 degrees C. \n \nThe following are the specifications of the sensors used with Mk3 stations. A new sensor suite will be used with Mk5 stations, partly based on the Vaisala WXT510 weather sensor. \n \nBoth the temperature and wind sensors are interchangeable, and not individually calibrated, though some individual sensors have been checked against standards. \n \n* Air Temperature: Interchangeable thermistor and electronics is within +/- 0.4 deg. C, with a 30 seconds settling time in air. There are additional errors due to the aspiration of the temperature screen at low wind speeds. \n* Water temperature: Interchangeable thermistor and electronics is within +/- 0.4 deg. C, with a 30 minutes settling time in water. A higher precision in situ calibration is normally used (around +/- 0.1 degrees), traceable to a 0.04 degrees standard. \n* Solar radiation (PAR): +/- 5% of reading. Sensor drift is approximately -4% per year initially. \n* Barometric pressure: +/- 1 hecto Pascal. \n* Wind speed: 2% of reading +/- 0.1% FSD. \n* Wind direction: 2% of reading +/- 0.1% FSD. \n \nElectrical settling time for solar radiation and wind parameters is 7 seconds. This is necessary for anti-aliasing filters. Mk1 and Mk2 stations averaged 16 samples over the 16 seconds before logging. Mk3 stations use a continuously averaging software system. The wind readings are vector averaged, so direction is accounted for properly. \n \nCalibration procedures and routines are detailed on the Engineering website. \n \n3. Wind Sensor Specification \n \nThe following are additional specifications of the wind sensors used with Mk3 stations. A new sensor will be used with Mk5 stations. Wind sensors are mounted at a nominal 10 meters above water. \n \nThe R.M. Young sensor has the following characteristics: \n* Wind Speed \nRange: 0-60 m/s \nPitch: 29.4 cm air passes per rev. \nDistance constant: 2.7 m for 63% recovery \n* Wind Direction \nRange: 360 deg, with 5 deg electrically open at north \nDamping ratio: 0.25 \nDelay distance: 1.5 m for 50% recovery \nThreshold: 1.0 m/s @ 10 deg. \nDisplacement: 1.5 m/s @ 5 deg. displacement \nDamped w/length: 7.4 m \nUndamped w/length: 7.2 m \n \n4. Underwater Temperature Sensors \n \nThese sensors are interchangeable thermistors in Mk3 stations. They can be mounted a significant distance from the weather station, using a 2 wire connection. The basic accuracy is due to the use of interchangeable units. However improved accuracy is obtained by calibrating against a precision reference sensor in situ. These are in turn calibrated against a standard traceable to 0.04 degrees.\nStatement: Data from AIMS weather stations are subjected to two quality control processes. \n \nThe first quality control process involves applying automatic rules to the raw data to flag data points that are unlikely to be correct. These rules flag: \n- Values frequently associated with sensors which are faulty, in need of a service or are not working properly. \n- Values outside believable ranges. \n- Values that are out of range compared to other nearby stations. \n \nThe second quality control process involves manual visualisation of all data. Data from all sensors are individually graphed and compared to sensors on the same station (e.g. water temperature 1 and water temperature 2), calibrated temperature loggers, predicted values (e.g. PAR) or compared to sensors from nearby stations (including Bureau of Meteorology stations in the case of barometric pressure, wind speed and direction). \n \nAfter these processes have been applied the data can be categorised in the following three levels. \n \nLevel 0: Raw unprocessed data as received from the AWS. This data has had no quality control process applied to it. \n \nLevel 1: Level 1 data has had all suspect data points removed but no suspect data points are corrected. \n \nLevel 2: Level 2 data has had all suspect data points that were removed in Level 1 corrected where possible. \n \nData from all three levels can be accessed from the AIMS weather station web site. \n&rft.creator=Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) &rft.date=2009&rft.coverage=northlimit=-18.833; southlimit=-18.833; westlimit=147.683; eastLimit=147.683&rft.coverage=northlimit=-18.833; southlimit=-18.833; westlimit=147.683; eastLimit=147.683&rft_rights=Attribution 3.0 Australia http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/&rft_rights=Format for citation of metadata sourced from Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in a list of reference is as follows: Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). (2009). Northern Australia Automated Marine Weather and Oceanographic Stations, Sites: [Davies Reef]. https://doi.org/10.25845/5c09bf93f315d, accessed[date-of-access].&rft_subject=oceans&rft.type=dataset&rft.language=English Access the data

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Format for citation of metadata sourced from Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in a list of reference is as follows: "Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). (2009). Northern Australia Automated Marine Weather and Oceanographic Stations, Sites: [Davies Reef]. https://doi.org/10.25845/5c09bf93f315d, accessed[date-of-access]".

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This dataset contains meteorological and sea temperature data from the weather station moored in the lagoon on Davies Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.\n These data are collected to support scientific research at AIMS. Data are made available on request to other researchers and to the public.\n The weather station is an AIMS Mk3 System. \nData recorded: Sea Temperature (4m, 8.5m and 18.5m at MSL), Barometric Pressure, Air Temperature, Solar Radiation (PAR), Wind Direction True (vector averaged), Wind Speed True (30 min average). \n \n1. Operation and Weather Sensors \n \nThe weather stations collect and store data in electronic memory every half-hour. A central base station calls each remote station regularly using HF radio or telephone lines. The data is transmitted over the radio as a frequency shift keyed signal, organised as packets of information. Errors are detected using parity and check sum methods. Invalid packets are identified by the Base Station, which requests they be sent again. This concept allows recovery of a very high percentage of the data despite poor communications. Remote stations store data for 21 days. Features such as automatic operation, remote control, remote time setting, built in diagnostics, have been developed and incorporated. \n \nThe sensors are a key part of a weather station. The following are chosen considering the cost, reliability and accuracy. \n* R.M.Young manufactures the wind sensor, a model number 05103. It is a propeller type with the advantages of being highly linear, highly interchangeable and having a low threshold. Wind direction is measured as the direction the wind is coming from. \n* The solar radiation sensor is an Under Water Quantum Sensor made by Licor. It measures light in terms of its "Photosynthetically Active Radiation" (PAR). The spectral response is defined and weighted. Drift due to aging of the filters has proven to be a problem, but this applies to similar units too. \n* Temperature sensors are all Omega Interchangeable Thermistors. These are interchangeable and have high accuracy, but reliability has proven a problem. We are considering alternatives. \n* The barometric sensor was a modified Aanderaa type on earlier stations. The Mk2 stations were fitted with a Weathertronics Unit. Now all stations are Mk3 stations fitted with a Vaisala barometer which is more interchangeable and more accurate. \n \n2. System Accuracy \n \nSystem accuracy is calculated as the sum of errors caused by: \n * Calibration \n * Interchanging sensors \n * Drift with time \n * Effects of an ambient temperature range from 0-40 degrees C. \n \nThe following are the specifications of the sensors used with Mk3 stations. A new sensor suite will be used with Mk5 stations, partly based on the Vaisala WXT510 weather sensor. \n \nBoth the temperature and wind sensors are interchangeable, and not individually calibrated, though some individual sensors have been checked against standards. \n \n* Air Temperature: Interchangeable thermistor and electronics is within +/- 0.4 deg. C, with a 30 seconds settling time in air. There are additional errors due to the aspiration of the temperature screen at low wind speeds. \n* Water temperature: Interchangeable thermistor and electronics is within +/- 0.4 deg. C, with a 30 minutes settling time in water. A higher precision in situ calibration is normally used (around +/- 0.1 degrees), traceable to a 0.04 degrees standard. \n* Solar radiation (PAR): +/- 5% of reading. Sensor drift is approximately -4% per year initially. \n* Barometric pressure: +/- 1 hecto Pascal. \n* Wind speed: 2% of reading +/- 0.1% FSD. \n* Wind direction: 2% of reading +/- 0.1% FSD. \n \nElectrical settling time for solar radiation and wind parameters is 7 seconds. This is necessary for anti-aliasing filters. Mk1 and Mk2 stations averaged 16 samples over the 16 seconds before logging. Mk3 stations use a continuously averaging software system. The wind readings are vector averaged, so direction is accounted for properly. \n \nCalibration procedures and routines are detailed on the Engineering website. \n \n3. Wind Sensor Specification \n \nThe following are additional specifications of the wind sensors used with Mk3 stations. A new sensor will be used with Mk5 stations. Wind sensors are mounted at a nominal 10 meters above water. \n \nThe R.M. Young sensor has the following characteristics: \n* Wind Speed \nRange: 0-60 m/s \nPitch: 29.4 cm air passes per rev. \nDistance constant: 2.7 m for 63% recovery \n* Wind Direction \nRange: 360 deg, with 5 deg electrically open at north \nDamping ratio: 0.25 \nDelay distance: 1.5 m for 50% recovery \nThreshold: 1.0 m/s @ 10 deg. \nDisplacement: 1.5 m/s @ 5 deg. displacement \nDamped w/length: 7.4 m \nUndamped w/length: 7.2 m \n \n4. Underwater Temperature Sensors \n \nThese sensors are interchangeable thermistors in Mk3 stations. They can be mounted a significant distance from the weather station, using a 2 wire connection. The basic accuracy is due to the use of interchangeable units. However improved accuracy is obtained by calibrating against a precision reference sensor in situ. These are in turn calibrated against a standard traceable to 0.04 degrees.\n

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Statement: Data from AIMS weather stations are subjected to two quality control processes. \n \nThe first quality control process involves applying automatic rules to the raw data to flag data points that are unlikely to be correct. These rules flag: \n- Values frequently associated with sensors which are faulty, in need of a service or are not working properly. \n- Values outside believable ranges. \n- Values that are out of range compared to other nearby stations. \n \nThe second quality control process involves manual visualisation of all data. Data from all sensors are individually graphed and compared to sensors on the same station (e.g. water temperature 1 and water temperature 2), calibrated temperature loggers, predicted values (e.g. PAR) or compared to sensors from nearby stations (including Bureau of Meteorology stations in the case of barometric pressure, wind speed and direction). \n \nAfter these processes have been applied the data can be categorised in the following three levels. \n \nLevel 0: Raw unprocessed data as received from the AWS. This data has had no quality control process applied to it. \n \nLevel 1: Level 1 data has had all suspect data points removed but no suspect data points are corrected. \n \nLevel 2: Level 2 data has had all suspect data points that were removed in Level 1 corrected where possible. \n \nData from all three levels can be accessed from the AIMS weather station web site. \n

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Data time period: 1991-10-18

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