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Spotter Specifications

User Guide

We included a copy of the Spotter user guide with the Spotter. Click the link below to download the latest copy of our Spotter User Guide.

Spotter User Guide

Dashboard Instructions

This video provides instructions on how to get started with the Spotter dashboard.

Spotter Dashboard Instructions

Spotter Dashboard File Download CSV Guide

Spotter Wave Parameters

Spotter measures time series of the three-dimensional wave motions, and calculates estimates of wave spectra and directional moments. The spectra and directional moments can be transmitted to the Dashboard for real-time access (Waves:Spectrum mode). To reduce data transmission size (and thus costs), Spotter also calculates wave bulk statistical parameters, such as significant wave height, peak and mean periods, and directional parameters, which can be transmitted instead (Waves:Standard mode). The complete recorded motion time series and the bulk statistical parameters are stored on the onboard SD card for custom post-processing by the user. All on-board calculations and parameter definitions follow standard oceanographic practice (see e.g. Kuik et al. 1988, J. Phys. Ocean.) The specific definitions of parameters calculated by Spotter are given here:

Spotter Bulk Wave Parameters

Mooring Guidelines

Spotter is designed to be used either free-drifting or anchored to the seafloor. If you are planning to anchor Spotter to the seafloor, you need to design and build a mooring. To help you with that we’ve pulled together some guidelines on how you can build a lightweight and low-cost mooring solution.

Moorings Guidelines

Spotter Firmware Updates

Whenever a newer firmware version is available for your Spotter, you will be notified on the Dashboard.

Firmware Updates

Parsing Script

If you are interested in analyzing your SD card data, we recommend downloading the latest parsing script to assist you. The script will help associate your data with a human-readable timestamp as well as translate spectral data into bulk parameters.

Parsing Script Details

SD Card Data Guide

Spotter SD Card Data Guide

Spotter & Smart Mooring API

For detailed documentation on available API endpoints and how to format requests, check out the Spotter & Smart Mooring API Specification website.

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