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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 2.693 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems -- Sensors and Measurements (13.998) 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Albert J. Williams, 3rd
    Dr. James D. Irish 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 2.693 Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems -- Sensors and Measurements (13.998)

    Spring 2004

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive collection of course notes in the readings section, and photos from the cruise labs in the labs section.

    Course Description

    This course introduces theoretical and practical principles of design of oceanographic sensor systems. Topics include: transducer characteristics for acoustic, current, temperature, pressure, electric, magnetic, gravity, salinity, velocity, heat flow, and optical devices; limitations on these devices imposed by ocean environments; signal conditioning and recording; noise, sensitivity, and sampling limitations; and standards. Lectures by experts cover the principles of state-of-the-art systems being used in physical oceanography, geophysics, submersibles, acoustics. For lab work, day cruises in local waters allow students to prepare, deploy and analyze observations from standard oceanographic instruments.

    Special Features


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