The MiniPAT is a pop-up archival transmitting tag (PAT tag, also known as a PSAT). It is a sophisticated combination of archival and Argos satellite technology. PAT tags are designed to track the large-scale movements and behavior of fish and other animals which do not spend enough time at the surface to allow the use of real-time Argos satellite tags. Sensor data are collected during deployment and archived in onboard memory. Then on a preset date, the tag releases from its host animal, surfaces, and uploads a summary of the archived data to Argos satellites.
Permanent archive of sampled data:
Data transmitted at release:
Detailed description of MiniPAT features. Includes instructions on how to use Tag Agent to set up and deploy the MiniPAT.
Below are the physical specifications of the MiniPAT. A full description of the features is available on the downloadable MiniPAT Product Features (PDF).
|Sensors||Depth, Temperature, Light|
|Depth sensor range||1700m|
|Depth sensor resolution||0.5 m|
|Depth sensor accuracy||+/- 1% of reading|
|Temperature sensor range||-40 to 60°C|
|Temperature sensor resolution||0.05°C|
|Temperature sensor accuracy||+/- 0.1°C|
|Conductivity operational limits||0.1 to 5 S/m|
|Light sensor||5 x 10-12W.cm-2 to 5 x 10-2W.cm-2|
|Pressure rating (m)||2000m|
|Operating temperature rating (°C)||-20 to 50°C|
|Recommended storage temperature range (°C)||5 to -20°C|
|Maximum deployment length||2 years|