Prototype of Sonic Buoy

Prototype of Sonic Buoy

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Credit: INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHIC SCIENCES/ NERC/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ocean meteorology. A prototype of the Sonic Buoy, an automated device for making meteorological measurements at sea. The 2 metre tall buoy is capable of being left to drift for weeks, taking measurements of wind velocity, temperatures and humidity. The buoy keeps track of its position using a satellite navigation receiver, and transmits its data to a base ship. By deploying many of these buoys at once, data may be gathered from a very wide area simultaneously. An understanding of the weather at the air-sea interface is vital to the study of climates.

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Keywords: atmosphere, buoy, climate, marine meteorology, meteorology, prototype, sea, sonic buoy, weather measurement

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