rafos


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rafos

[′rā‚fōs]
(navigation)
A long-range marine navigation system in which the ship measures the arrival times of sound waves from explosive charges released at fixed shore stations at known times.
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The glider navigation system for Fram Strait employed navigation signals broadcast from 260 Hz RAFOS sources and tomographic sources (Sagen et ah, 2011; Sandven et ah, 2013).
In the Antarctic, ARGO floats are traceable at distances of up to 600 km under the ice by use of RAFOS signals at 260 Hz (Klatt et ah, 2007).
Only 8 percent of the RAFOS floats followed the Deep Western Boundary Current, or DWBC--"a remarkably low number in light of the expectation that the DWBC is the dominant pathway for Labrador Sea Water," the researchers wrote in Nature.
When the center of the current is located, two RAFOS floats are lowered by hand over the side, about 5 kilometers apart.
RAFOS floats and current meters recently deployed as part of the World Ocean Circulation Deep Basin Experiment should be helpful in testing this hypothesis.