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Identifying Oil in Water with Fluorescence and Backscattering Instrument

The Sea-Bird Scientific SeaOWL UV-A™ (Oil in Water Locator) instrument is designed to detect sub-surface oil in natural waters. The SeaOWL™ incorporates lessons learned in responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill event and in subsequent scientific research. The SeaOWL™’s Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter (FDOM) sensor provides a factor of five increase in sensitivity compared to the ECO line of instruments used in the Deepwater Horizon response. The increased sensitivity in the SeaOWL™ FDOM sensor resulted from improvements in both the optics and electronics.

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