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How are the data being organized?

Posted on October 24 2012

Question submitted by Packer Collegiate Institute

As first assistant scientist, Katy Hunter is responsible for collecting the data generated onboard.  There are specific paper data sheets for each type of deployment.  The data from these  data sheets are entered into Excel spreadsheets on the computer and then sorted into folders for the different deployments (ex. neuston tow, MOCNESS tow, manta tow).   Much of the data is also entered into a free program called Ocean Data View, which allows us to easily visualize patterns in the data.