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The Signature1000s have also been attached to moorings to assess waves in shal- lower waters. In the Chukchi Sea, Thomson and Dr Lucia Hošeková captured a four-day-long wave event near the Alaskan coast, allowing them to explore how sea ice dampens the wave’s energy.
“A next-generation acoustic pro? ler that really moves things forward”
Thomson’s Arctic investigations are continuing, with much of the research be- ing conducted largely made possible by the technical advances being made in the equipment. “The Signature instruments, in general, have been nothing short of a game-changer,” Thomson says, noting the ability of the instrument to capture mul- tiple different types of measurements. “We have a next-generation acoustic pro? ler that really moves things forward. The data are much cleaner, much higher quality than they used to be.”
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