ADCP data quality
Data quality summary tables
Explorer ADCP configurations and calibrations


Matlab formatted ADCP files
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Cruise tracks and dates
Recent results for the Florida Current and the Yucatan channel


Since the end of 2000 and the beginning of 2001, two Teledyne/RD Instruments Ocean Surveyor acoustic Doppler current profilers installed by NOAA/AOML have operated on the 1020ft (311 m) cruise ship vessel, Explorer of the Seas. The first ADCP to become operational was the OS38 and in May 2001, the OS150 began standard operations. The ADCP program would not be possible without the guidance and direct participation of Liz Williams and Shailer Cummings (NOAA/AOML), nor without the dedication of technicians Don Cucchiara and Chip Maxwell from October 2000 through December 2007.

explorer 2001-2006 tracks

The cruise tracks have been concentrated in the eastern and western Caribbean with weekly and then later, bi-weekly crossings of the Florida Current between Miami and the Bahamas. The ship repositioned to Bayonne, NJ in the summer of 2006 departing from NJ on alternating 5-day Bermuda and 9-day eastern Caribbean cruises. In November 2006 the ship returned to Miami, Florida as its home port for one more fall/winter cruising season. In May 2007, the ship repositioned to Port Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ as its new permanent home port with itinerary additions of fall 9-day New England/Canada and winter 12-day southern Caribbean cruises.

Several changes have been made over the years in configurations and the program was severely challenged in processing the data set due to, among other reasons, the ship's average cruising speed of 20 knots. Many thanks go to Jules Hummon of the University of Hawaii for working with Lisa Beal in a collaborative effort to adapt the UH Codas processing to this challenging data set. More recently, in 2009, thanks are extended to Charles Flagg (Stony Brook University), who has adapted his AutoADCP program for use on Explorer of the Seas and provided the set up presently used on the ship since September 2009.