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.
IMPROVE YOUR DATA CAPABILITIES
Investigate new threats and depths, from coral reefs to vital feeding grounds, wastewater and stormwater outfalls, estuaries and lakes.
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
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
Below-surface microplastics and microfiber sampling
Plankton total organic matter
Total organic carbon (TOC)
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
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