What We Do

Campbell Scientific data-acquisition systems are so robust and flexible that they are used in almost every facet of ocean study. They can be customized to monitor factors involved in coastal erosion, ice-floe movement, currents, salinity, water quality, and tides and waves. Our systems are rugged and low power, so can be stationed on shore or off shore, in any remote, harsh environment. Learn more

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Customise a System

In addition to our standard systems available, many of the systems we provide are customised. Tell us what you need, and we’ll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.


We offer a variety of products that can be used to create systems for Oceanography. Many of the major components used to create these systems are listed below. Please let us know if we can help you configure a system.

More Details about Our Oceanography Systems

From coastal weather stations to weather buoys to stations aboard ships, our systems are well-suited for monitoring:

  1. Coastal erosion and sedimentation
  2. Ecosystem research
  3. Ice-floe movement (GPS)
  4. Ice-load/impact monitoring
  5. Oceanographic currents
  6. Salinity and water quality studies
  7. Ship-board monitoring
  8. Structural monitoring
  9. Temperature profiles
  10. Tidal monitoring
  11. Wave height and power
  12. Weather and climate monitoring

Monitoring and Control

Our monitoring systems are based around programmable data loggers that measure the sensors, then process, store, and transmit the data. The compact size, rugged design, low power use, and versatility of our data loggers allow them to be used in many applications, including integration into submerged systems. Our data loggers have wide operating temperature ranges, programmable execution intervals, and ample input channels for commonly used sensors. Most sensors interface directly to our data loggers, eliminating external signal conditioning. On-board instruction sets contain processing routines that range from simple statistics (e.g., average, maximum, minimum, standard deviation) to more complex routines (e.g., FFT, saturation vapor pressure, histogram).

Data are typically viewed and stored in the units of your choice (e.g., wind speed in mph, m/s, knots). Measurement rates and data recording intervals are independently programmable, allowing calculation of 15-minute, hourly, and daily data values from 1-minute or 1-second measurements, for example. Conditional outputs, such as wind gusts, can also be recorded. The program can be modified at any time to accommodate different sensor configurations or new data processing requirements. If needed, channel capacity can be expanded using multiplexers. All of these features allow you to meet your data requirements, whether it's storing hourly averages of meteorological data or compensating a depth sensor for depth and wave period to produce wave power spectra.

Sensors used for Oceanography

Almost any sensor can be measured by our data loggers, allowing systems to be customized for each site. Typical sensors used include, but are not limited to: wind speed and direction, solar radiation, temperature (air, water), relative humidity, precipitation, barometric pressure, pressure/depth (strain gage or quartz crystal), as well as flow transducers, potentiometers, load cells, accelerometers, radiometers, thermocouples, thermistors, and RTDs.

Data Retrieval

We offer multiple communication options for data retrieval, which can be mixed within the same network. Telecommunications options include satellite (Argos, OrbCom, QualComm, Inmarsat C, GOES), telephone (landline, cellular, voice-synthesized), radio, short-haul, multidrop, and ethernet. On-site options include storage module and laptop.


Our PC-based support software simplifies the entire monitoring process, from programming and data retrieval to data display and analysis. Our software automatically manages data retrieval from networks or single stations. Robust error-checking ensures data integrity. We can even help you post your data to the Internet.

Case Studies

Florida: Oceanography in the Gulf of Mexico
This station is currently transmitting live data from the region of Tropical Storm Debby, including......read more
Israel: Marine Meteorology on the Red Sea
The northern head of the Gulf of Eilat is an ecologically unique marine system of......read more
Washington, Puget Sound: Ferry Weather
Mobile weather stations have been installed on several ferries in the State of Washington ferry......read more
Long Island Sound: Water Quality
The University of Connecticut, Dept. of Marine Sciences is overseeing a project in Long Island......read more
New Zealand: Auckland Estuaries Oceanographic Research
Campbell Scientific data loggers are mounted on the ocean floor and the backs of jet......read more
Liberty Bay: Weather & Water Quality Station
The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is a non-profit educational facility located on Liberty Bay on......read more
Australia: Buoy-Based Weather Station
A one-in-200 year flood event was recorded by a buoy-based monitoring station at the Ross......read more
Atlantic Ocean: Weather Monitoring
Weather stations aboard buoys in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, provide the UK Met.......read more

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