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This is a complex and challenging project. Many parts of the work are at the cutting edge of science, technology or logistic capabilities. Each of these problems must be successfully overcome for complete success. The sequence of separate project elements is:

Profiling Sensor Package
Schematic of the automatic profiling sensor package
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Toe in the Water

Once we’ve had our look, it time to start measuring the water. Specialized and sophisticated instrument packages are being prepared for this task. Everything has to fit down the narrow hole, forcing a reconfiguration of some commercial components and the fabrication of others. The instruments are designed to run up and down a cable made taught with a heavy lower weight. The cable also serves as a transmission wire. A surface receiver phones the data back to Tim Stanton at the Naval Postgraduate School. He will have the responsibility for modifying the commands to his instruments as we observe water conditions change.