Wave Buoys

What are Wave Buoys?

Wave Buoys are used to measure the state of the ocean surface, primarily wave height. Using accelerometers and internal gyroscopic systems, these Wave Buoys capture additional and important information including wave direction. The real-time measurements of these wave parameters play an important role in wave model development and verification, calibration and validation of new satellite instruments and wave climate analyses.

Additional instruments fitted on Wave Buoys, including temperature sensors and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, allow continuous measuring of near-sea surface temperature and ocean current profiles adding to the capacity to monitor coastal Australian waters.

Key Data Streams

Diana Greenslade
Mark Hemer 
Craig Steinberg



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Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is enabled by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent.