Ocean Optics Contributes to Gulf Air Quality Monitoring in Wake of Deepwater Horizon Spill

HR2000 used in Argos portable UV DOAS air monitoring system
Dunedin, Florida (June 14, 2010) – Modular HR2000 spectrometers from Ocean Optics are enabling air quality monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico as part of Argos Scientific’s portable UV DOAS air monitoring system.  Argos Scientific is working in conjunction with Hillsborough County, Florida, to monitor the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The project has special significance to Ocean Optics as the company is located on the Gulf side of Florida and its community will be affected in coming months as the oil advances, upsetting both water and air quality. 

The HR2000 High-resolution Miniature Fiber Optic Spectrometer is a small-footprint spectrometer that provides optical resolution to 0.035 nm (FWHM). The modular spectrometer design allows users to select optical bench options such as the detector, grating and entrance aperture (slit).

Argos custom-configured the HR2000 spectrometer used in its portable UV DOAS air monitoring system.  In the Gulf, the system has already analyzed a number of environmental samples, containing a mixture of oil and sea water, from the spill area.  Vapor analyzed from the samples indicate the presence of two gases with unique UV spectral features being emitted from the samples.  The data from these initial investigations will be used to update the system’s spectral libraries.  A UV DOAS system has been set up in Mississippi for continuous monitoring, with real time data posted at: http://fenceline.org/test/map.php

UV absorbance spectra from clean air samples and samples taken from the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

UV absorbance spectra from clean air samples and samples taken from the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A second Argos system has been sent to the University of North Alabama, where a calibration and test facility has been established to accommodate future samples associated with the oil and dispersant material collected by community members in the Gulf area.

About Ocean Optics
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter.  Its Ocean OEM engineering team provides expert integration support to optimize and expedite OEM commercialization efforts.  With locations in Asia and Europe, the company has sold more than 120,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. The Ocean Optics line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics.  The company is part of the Halma group of safety and detection companies.

About Argos Scientific
Argos Scientific (www.argos-sci.com) is an environmental and natural resource company with over 25 years experience. The company specializes in air quality management, environmental permitting and compliance, leak detection and repair, ambient air monitoring and stack monitoring. The company serves both public and private clients who are faced with challenges that demand a multidisciplinary approach with practical solutions.  The technical staff includes professionals from the oil and chemical industry, former regulatory specialists, environmental scientists, certified industrial hygienists and chemists.

One Response to “Ocean Optics Contributes to Gulf Air Quality Monitoring in Wake of Deepwater Horizon Spill”

  1. Vitali says:

    WOW! Fantastic!

    How much is your amazing spectrometer?
    Is this system applicable to control, e.g. NO2 and SO2, etc. directly in stacks?
    Thank you in advance
    and good luck with your business

    Vitali

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