About Author

Hi, all salty dogs!


Nice to meet you! Let me introduce myself. My name is Igor Shkvorets.
I received my master’s degree in Oceanography in 1981 from the Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute (Ukraine). For 20 years I worked in the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of Academy of Science of Ukraine. I conducted the development of the standards and methods for the oceanographic measurements and took part in numerous oceanographic expeditions, providing on-ship samples salinity measurements (salinometry) and calibration of CTD-systems. In 1996 I completed the training courses in the laboratory measurement of salinity in OSIL in Petersfield, UK. In 2001 I moved to Canada and worked for 6 months for Guildline Ltd., providing manufacturing calibration of the Autosal and Portasal salinometers. Since 2002 I have been working for RBR Ltd. as an Oceanographer. My latest development is the Micro-Salinometer MS-310. I also work on the inductive conductivity cell development and conductivity calibration process improvement, seagoing trials and quality control of the oceanographic data, measured by RBR instruments. Also, I am an expert in the CTD measurements, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and other physical-chemical parameters measurements. My interests are also in sailing, travel and photography.


  • “Thermohaline structure of abyssal and near-bottom waters of the Black Sea”, Physical Oceanography, 1996, Vol.7, p.437-443;
  • “Metrological support of salinity, temperature and pressure measurements, using CTD-systems”, Physical Oceanography, 1998, Vol.9, p.71-77;
  • “Thermohaline structure and currents in the Southern part of the Scotia Sea on the march-april 1998”, Bulletin of Ukrainian Antarctic Centre, Iss. 3, 2000, p.78-86 ;
  • “Metrological maintenance of CTD-measurements in 61 cruise R/V ”Ernst Krenkel”, Bulletin of Ukrainian Antarctic Centre, Iss. 3, 2000, p.119-124;
  • “The structure and dynamics of the water in the region of the Argentina Island Archipelago at the beginning of the autumn season”, Abstracts of 1 UAM 2001 Meeting, Kiev, 2001;
  • “The metrological confirmation system of oceanographical measurement in Antarctica”, Abstracts of 1 UAM 2001 Meeting, Kiev, 2001.
  • “Salinometry: take it easy with MS-310” Proceedings of COT’03, International conference on Coastal and Ocean Technology, pp.1-6;      
  • “Development of a small salinometer”,   OCEANS ’04. MTTS/IEEE TECHNO-OCEAN ’04, 2004
  • “A new design for a zero external field inductive conductivity cell” International Ocean Systems, Volume 10, Number 2, 2006, pp.11-14
  • “Ocean Performance of the New MS-310” Sea Technology, 10, 2006,pp.15-19              
  • “A New Method of Salinometry” Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. 2009          
  • “Advantages in performance of the new RBR conductivity channel with Delrin/ceramic inductive cell“Oceans’10, Seatle,WA, 2010      
  • “Hypoxia and turnover in a small ice-covered temperate lake”,  21st IAHR International Symposium on Ice, 2012
  • “Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of In-situ Temperature and Salinity Data. A Guide to Quality Control and Quality Assurance for In-situ Temperature and Salinity Observations” IOOS/QARTOD Technical Report, 2016


    • Nov 2013 R/V “Atlantic Explorer”, Atlantic Ocean, Sargasso Sea, BATS. My responsibilities: RBR instruments testing, APEX-RBR float deployment.
    • Jun 2013 R/V “Thomas G. Thompson”, Pacific Ocean, NEPTUNE Canada. My responsibilities: RBR instruments testing, salinity sampling, MS-315 salinometry.
    • Sept 2012 R/V “Francisco de Ulloa”, Gulf of California, U of Guadalajara Internal Waves Experiment. My responsibilities: RBR instruments testing, salinity sampling, Micro-salinometer MS-315 salinometry.
    • May 2009 CCGS “Hudson” Orphan Basin/Knoll Cruise (North Atlantic). My responsibilities: Salinity sampling, Micro-salinometer MS-310 salinometry, RBR CTDs testing.
    • Mar 2007 EAWAG-RBR Expedition on the Lake Baikal, RussiaParticipance in recovering and deployment of the mooring buoyes with RBR temperature loggers.
    • Aug-Oct 2006 R/V “Strait Signet” Manitoba Hydro Expedition on Hudson Bay, CanadaMy responsibilities: CTD-profiling, salinity, turbidity on-field QC, mooring buoyes deployment and recovering.
    • Aug-Sept 2005 HMRS “Discovery” Cruise 298 Cape Farewell – Eric Ridge. My responsibilities: Salinity sampling, Salinometry with Autosal 8400B, Seagoing testing of the Micro-salinometer MS-310
    • Nov 2004 SSV “Corwith Cramer” Gulf of MaineMy responsibilities: CTD-probe check, first at-sea Micro-Salinometer MS-310 testing.
    • Jan-May 1998 R/V” Ernst Krenkel” Cruise 61 – 2-nd Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition. My responsibilities: CTD-operating, Salinity sampling, Salinometry with salinometer SOKOL.
    • Jul-Aug 1992 R/V “Prof. Kolesnikov” –  COMSBACK-92 cruise. My responsibilities: CTD operating, Salinity sampling, Salinometry with salinometer SOKOL.
    • Sept 1991 R/V ‘Prof.Kolesnikov” – HYDROBLACK-91 cruise. My responsibilities: CTD operating, Salinity sampling, Salinometry with salinometry with salinometer GM-65.
    • Oct 1987-Feb 1988 R/V “Mikhail Lomonosov” 49 cruise in the Atlantic Ocean. My responsibilities: CTD operating and calibration, Salinity sampling, Salinometry with salinometer GM-65.
    • Feb-May 1986 R/V “Mikhail Lomonosov” 46 cruise in the Atlantic Ocean. My responsibilities: CTD operating and calibration, Salinity sampling, Salinometry with salinometer GM-65.
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