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<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> A new technique for determining the depth of expendable bathythermographs (XBTs) is developed. This new method uses a forward-stepping calculation which incorporates all of the forces on the XBT devices during their descent. Of particular note are drag forces which are calculated using a new drag coefficient expression. That expression, obtained entirely from computational fluid dynamic modeling, accounts for local variations in the ocean environment. Consequently,doi:10.5194/os-7-733-2011 fatcat:xawcaw3m2rhfzfqdjy66caoxwm