Newsletter // Issue 5 // June 2013 // 



Increased accuracy and resolution in Starmon mini temperature recorder

Star-Oddi is happy to announce a new and improved Starmon mini temperature logger, featuring increased temperature accuracy and resolution.

The accuracy is now 50% better at +/-0.025°C (0.045°F) and the resolution is 10 times better, at 0,001 °C (0.0018°F). Standard memory size for this new version is 262,000 measurements but memory extension up to 524,000 measurements is available.

Starmon mini is a durable temperature logger designed to withstand harsh environments, intended for use in oceans, rivers and lakes. It is compact in size, 130 mm x 25 mm, can be used in deep water (11 km) and has a long battery life of over 10 years. Battery is replacable.

For further information, please visit the Starmon mini product page.


                   


Starmon mini and DST CTD used to monitor corals in the Mediterranean

The benthic ecosystems, such as the coralligenous habitats, of the eastern Mediterranean (Levantine Sea) are being studied by the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of The Cyprus Institute in collaboration with NGO Enalia Physics Environmental Research Centre. The Levantine Sea is the warmest and most oligotrophic part of the Mediterranean, a marine ecosystem operating under extreme conditions, which makes its study even more interesting.

Monitoring of environmental conditions and the coralligenous communities, which had not been studied before in Cyprus, commenced by placing Star-Oddi’s Starmon mini temperature recorders at different locations around the island to monitor changes in sea water temperature (SWT) and how coral growth responds to those changes. For example, changes in the density of the skeleton associated with the changing of seasons (e.g. Winter/Summer) show growth bands which in turn are determined by X-radiography and CAT scans.

Another important application of the Starmon mini took place during the 2012 bleaching and mortality of corals off the coasts of Cyprus. Due to higher-than-average SWT in August/September 2012, corals in shallow waters (down to 10m) lost their photosynthetic symbionts (and their pigments) and necrotic tissue left areas of the colonies entirely dead and white. The majority of the bleached corals did not recover, and died soon after, exposing areas of bare skeleton. SWT, measured by Starmon minis installed between coral colonies, allowed us to relate the warming period with the progression of the coral bleaching and mortality event.

The next project involves attaching a Star-Oddi DST CTD logger to a Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) device. The CPR will be sampling the plankton of waters between Cyprus and its neighbouring countries. In this European project (PERSEUS), planktonic identification and analysis will be combined with the DST CTD data to detect possible correlations. This will also include invasive or non-native species migrations and changing environmental conditions.

 

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Stuck with chunks of data? - PatternFinder, analysis software


PatternFinder is a graphic data analysis software developed by Star-Oddi, designed to save time by making data analysis faster, more efficient and easier.

PatternFinder is the perfect tool for analysing large amounts of data that otherwise would take a long time to process. In PatternFinder you can analyse data from one or several loggers, just one sequence or several sequences at a time, combined in one graph.

The main features offered in PatternFinder are:

     -Periodic statistical analysis of time series data
     -Signal filtering
     -Overlaying and analysing multiple signals
     -Event analysis
     -Pattern Analysis

In PatternFinder you can further analyse all data from Star-Oddi loggers, but also data from other data logging systems. PatternFinder works seamlessly together with Star-Oddi supporting software SeaStar, Mercury and FoodStar, where retrieved data can be transferred over to PatternFinder with one button click. Other text format data can be imported to PatternFinder for analysis and you can analyse data from several sources at the same time.

For more information, including case studies, tutorials and user manual, please see the PatternFinder product page.


Data Storage Tags - DSTs

Star-Oddi has been manufacturing and developing DSTs since 1993. The data loggers are used for various studies, such as fish tagging, fishing gear studies and oceanography. You can find our whole product range here. The following sensors are available:


Fun fact: Former Nato base used as a venue for music festival

A short distance from the Keflavik International Airport is a former Nato base where the US Army was stationed from 1951 to 2006.

In recent years, the abandoned base has housed Keilir Academy and the military housing has been used for students that opt to live on campus. This weekend (28-29 June), however, the base will serve as a venue for the music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

The festival was founded in the UK as an antidote to bigger and more corporate-driven festivals. What makes this festival special is that the organizers appoint a curator for the festival, i.e., an artist who selects some of his favorite artists to perform at the festival.

This year, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will headline the festival along with a variety of artists from Iceland and all over the world. Alongside the music festival, guests will also be able to attend a film festival where the movies will be curated by director Jim Jarmusch and actress Tilda Swinton.

 




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