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MICROPLASTICS
DEPTH SAMPLING

 

ASCENSION

PORTABLE. RELIABLE. EASILY DEPLOYABLE.

Studies suggest that 99.8% of oceanic plastic sinks below the ocean's surface. Current microplastics sampling equipment either only skims the surface of the water or requires large and expensive research vessels with industrial deployment capabilities. This makes it difficult for scientists to collect samples at depth. 

Ascension, our portable depth sampler, is a tethered profiling instrument designed to break barriers to collect filtered microplastic samples through the water column. Light, portable and easily deployable from a small vessel, the profiler significantly increases your data collection capabilities. 

 
 
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IMPROVE YOUR DATA CAPABILITIES

Investigate new threats and depths, from coral reefs to vital feeding grounds, wastewater and stormwater outfalls, estuaries and lakes.

FEATURES

  • Minimize end-user handling and reduce contamination by filtering directly in situ 

  • Rechargeable battery maximizes deployment time and minimizes battery waste 

  • The profiler is manually lowered and raised through the water column by hand with a 200m length real-time communication tether 

  • Monitor depth, temperature, flow rate and total volume filtered in real-time to collect highly customizable samples based on your research interests

  • Full user control over filtration flow rates, depth and sample selection via a real-time computer-based deployment interface 

  • Export deployment data into a standardized report 

  • Intuitive deployment interface; no coding or confusing terminal commands needed to deploy our profiler

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Intuitive topside user interface outputs important metrics like pump power, flow rate, volume sampled, depth and temperature all in real-time 

  • Dry Weight of 10 Kg (22 lbs)

  • Compatible with 47mm diameter mesh filters

  • Up to 7 discrete mesh filters can be sampled per deployment cast with mesh sizes down to 1μm 

  • Rated to 400m depth

  • Includes a 200m tether

  • Capable of autonomous sampling by executing user-programmable mission files

APPLICATIONS

  • Below-surface microplastics and microfiber sampling 

  • Plankton total organic matter 

  • Total organic carbon (TOC)

POWER SOURCE

  • Rechargeable 266 W-hr battery pack provides a more sustainable alternative to primary batteries used in similar platforms 

  • Battery can be recharged between deployments using an included charger and connector cable

ANALYSIS

Send samples to our lab for physical and chemical analysis. Learn more->

 
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