A new miniature instrument for in situ measuring, processing, recording and display of oceanographic properties
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The paper describes the design philosophy and functions of a new general purpose oceanographic instrument which is presently being tested as a prototype. The instrument combines established oceanic sensors with modern microprocessor and display technology. The basic idea behind the design is to make a compact and modular "workhorse" instrument that interacts with both humans and computers in a natural way. The instrument is presently able to measure and to in situ process current speed, direction, temperature, depth and salinity. The processed data may be in recorded in the instrument, visually displayed from the instrument or continously transferred to external processing devices via cable. Other sensors in addition to the already mentioned may be added in the future.