Deployable equipment and instruments
Argo floats are autonomous robotic floats that can be deployed to repeatedly gather data about ocean conditions from the surface to 2000 m depth.
Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR)
The CPR is a plankton sampling instrument that can be towed from the ship while underway.
The CTD is an instrument used to profile the conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) of the water column.
Deep towed and drop camera systems
The deep towed and drop camera systems are specialised underwater camera platforms used to capture high quality video and still images from the deep sea.
Moorings are long anchored lines of scientific equipment and floats which are deployed to collect a range of ocean data over long periods (one year or more).
RV Investigator can deploy a range of nets (such as EZ and surface nets) to capture biological specimens in the water column.
RV Investigator has a range of dedicated coring systems including a Long Core System, Kasten core and KC Multicorer. Other systems can also be brought on board by researchers.
Sleds and dredges
Dredges, sleds and grabs can be deployed from RV Investigator to collect biological samples, sediment and rocks from the sea floor.
The TRIAXUS is a towed undulating CTD instrument used to collect horizontal profile measurements of the water column.
RV Investigator offers a platform for release of weather balloons and deployment of other airborne instruments to measure atmospheric properties.