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From 1962-1970, the Laboratory conducted monthly aerial surveys using infrared radiation thermography aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Albatross aircraft to obtain synoptic monthly mappings of sea surface temperatures with the goal of associating the temperature data with aerial sighting and records of aquatic organisms along the Atlantic continental shelf. By 1969, more than 10,000 observations of fishes, turtles, and marine mammals, in addition to thousands of transect miles of surface temperature, were recorded and over 70,000 drift bottles and sea bed drifters were released. The resultant monthly sea surface temperature charts were mailed to a distribution list and published regularly in the Red Bank Register, a local newspaper. Surface temperatures were sent to Naval Fleet Weather Facility, and animal observations reported to the Naval Oceanographic Office. The project expanded its activities in later years to include experimentation with the efficacy of using helicopters in survey activities; the use of drift bottles and seabed drifters as a cooperative research project with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and surveying rivers and estuaries for a thermal pollution study for the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory.

 
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