AML Oceanographic UV Antifouling System

Project Overview

Biofouling is one of the most costly problems in oceanography.  Fouling prevents accurate readings from sensors and degrades camera images necessitating frequent maintenance. Given the cost of ship time, diver time and ROV time this maintenance dramatically increases the cost of collecting oceanographic data. 

The AML Oceanographic Biofouling Control uses UV light to prevent the formation of biofilms on surfaces.  If the biofilm is prevented biofouling will not occur on the surface. 

The premise has been known since the 1950’s however practical implementations have not been possible until now.  AML Oceanographic’s UV biofouling systems combine low power, flexible irradiation areas and compact size into a device well suited to protecting oceanographic instrumentation.

This technology is an exciting and more environmentally friendly alternative to the present practice of injecting poison into the environment to protect the instrumentation.

For complete specifications visit the manufacturer’s website: biofouling product webpage.


Company Overview

AML Oceanographic

Formerly Applied Microsystems Ltd., AML Oceanographic designs, sells and supports CTD, sound velocity, and environmental instrumentation.  Their customers are located in more than 100...

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Anti-biofouling Experiment Readings

Conductivity for 3 AML devices


Sound Speed for 3 AML devices


Turbidity for 3 AML devices


Co-located CTD Device (uses TBT for biofouling control)