Low Cost Wave Buoy Technology will focus primarily on Spotter Wave Buoys, developed by Sofar Ocean Technologies. These Spotter wave buoys are significantly less expensive relative to conventional wave buoys, smaller in size and easier to deploy.
Low Cost Wave Buoy Technology aims to assess the performance of Spotter wave buoys over a wide range of oceanic conditions and determine their reliability for long-term deployments compared to conventional wave buoys.
Wind Speed and Direction aims to provide a global database of calibrated and validated wind speed direction sourced from scatterometers in Australian coastal waters in addition to acquiring global scatterometer data from both previous and existing satellite missions. Data will be calibrated against buoy data, creating a continuous global record from 1992 to present.
Profiling Moorings Evaluation will trial the deployment of two different commercially available profiling mooring platforms (Prawler and Wirewalker). The project aims to determine the operational needs of these profiling systems and assess increases in sampling efficiencies and spatial resolution of data through the water column.
During this assessment phase, the two profiling mooring systems will be co-located in a range of ocean environments to ensure reliability and longevity over long deployment periods.