Notes on the care and use of the YSI 6000's for eMOLT application
(summarizing the YSI users manual)
Introduction
Software Installation
Offloading Data
Replacing Batteries
Initializing the YSI6000 probes

Introduction

As noted by YSI in the first few pages of their manual:
"It cannot be stressed too strongly that informed and safe operation is more than just knowing what buttons to push. An understanding of the principles of operation, calibration techniques, and system setup is necessary to obtain accurate and meaningful results."
As participants in the eMOLT project, you should be receiving the YSI6000 probes already  calibrated and recording for your initial deployment. However, after a month or two, the software will need to be installed on your PC, the data will need to be offloaded to your PC, the batteries will need replacing,   the sensors may need to be cleaned, and the unit will need to be setup for a subsequent deployments. We will cover each of those steps separately below.


Software Installation

Offloading Data

Replacing Batteries

Initializing the YSI6000 probes
Note there are two sets of software: one on your PC and one in the instrument.  Note the company calls the instrument the "sonde".  A sonde is, I guess, an instrument that houses multiple probes.


Probe calibration
 
Each of the four associations will be provided with a Niskin bottle (pvc water catcher),  a sample bottle (glass jar), and a case of conductivity reagent.  With each deployment/recovery  ("instrument turnaround"), participants will be required to a) take a water sample and b) calibrate the salinity value.  These two operations are conducted separately as follows:


For further information contact: James.Manning@noaa.gov

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(File Modified Jun. 21 2006)