Surface Wave Observations

Robert Weller and Albert Plueddemann Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Surface wave observations will be made at two Ocean Reference Stations. This will be in partnership with the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Reference Station project is carried out to provide critical, sustained observations of a key region of the ocean – the trade wind region. To provide sustained, climate- quality observing of the trade wind region, we have developed surface moorings with the capability of making sustained, accurate observations at the sea surface and in the water column and have chosen and occupied three key trade wind sites. These surface moorings are known as Ocean Reference Stations (ORS). The three sites, shown in Figure 1, are the Stratus ORS, the NTAS (Northwest Tropical Atlantic Station) ORS, and the WHOTS (WHOI Hawaii Ocean Timeseries Site) ORS. Stratus has been in place since 2000, NTAS since 2001, and WHOTS since 2004.