Monterey Bay Glider Data

Below are graphical displays of the final tracklines surveyed by a Spray glider traveling from nearshore to near the outer edge of Monterey Bay in October 2011. It is uncertain whether this glider will be redeployed for this or other projects in the near future. The data are part of a NSF funded experiment on the benthic exchange and near-boundary layer mixing on the continental shelf. The experiment is a collaboration between the Naval Postgraduate School (Dr. Tim Stanton and Dr. Bill Shaw), Moss Landing Marine Lab (Dr. Erika McPhee-Shaw) and MBARI (Dr. Jim Bellingham). The map on the left navigation bar shows this glider path within Monterey Bay. Contour plots below indicate the water temperature, salinity and optical backscatter from the surface to 300 meters depth from the final transect traveled. The glider transect dates are provided at the top of each plot. Use the x-axis on each plot (distance along track) to determine the glider's direction (towards or away from shore), and its distance along the transect from the start point. Download NetCDF files from deployments of this glider using links at page bottom. Learn more about reading glider contour plots like the ones below.


Final Glider Temperature Transects

Spray Glider Temperature Contours

Final Glider Salinity Transects

Spray Glider Salinity Contours

Final Glider Optical Backscatter Transcects

Spray Glider Optical Backscatter Contours

Link to a NetCDF file of the data

NetCDF file of Glider T,S, and Optical Backscatter data