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Biofouling has been a serious question in the stability of optical measurements in the ocean, particularly in moored and drifting buoy applications. Many investigators coat optical surfaces with various compounds to reduce the amount of fouling; however, to date there are no known objective, in-situ comparative testing of these compounds to evaluate their effectiveness with respect to optical stability relative to untreated controls. A wide range of compounds have been tested at in-situ locations in Halifax Harbour and in the Adriatic Sea on passive optical sensors. Compounds tested include a variety of Tributlytin (TBT) formulations, antifungal agents, and low-friction silicone-based compounds; time-scales of up to four months were evaluated. The results of these experiments are discussed.

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Authors: MCLEAN S, Satlantic Inc, Halifax, Nova Scotia (CA);SCHOFIELD B, Satlantic Inc, Halifax, Nova Scotia (CA);ZIBORDI G, JRC Ispra (IT);LEWIS M, Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography, Halifax, Nova Scotia (CA);HOOKER S, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt (US);WEIDEMANN A, Stennis Space Center, Naval Research Laboratory (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: OCEAN Optics XIII, Halifax, Nova Scotia (CA), October 22-25, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40099 ORA
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