The collection compiles wave buoys observations collected at historical and ongoing monitoring sites operated by state authorities and national agencies. Four institutions have contributed to this project; the Bureau of Meteorology, the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Sciences, the Western Australian Department of Transport, and the manly Hydraulics Laboratory (New South Wales Government).
All of the data combined in the National Wave Archive is available on the AODN Portal: http://portal.aodn.org.au/search?uuid=2807f3aa-4db0-4924-b64b-354ae8c10b58
Waverider buoys have been deployed along the coast of Western Australia by the Department of Transport (DoT) since 1974. A total of 50 sites exist, with 18 sites currently available on the AODN Portal.
Data from the network of waverider buoys monitoring sites operated by the Department of Environment and Science (DES-QLD) are available from 1974 onwards. The AODN Portal has data available for 14 DES-QLD sites.
The Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) have been monitoring waves along the New South Wales coast since 1974. MHL network of waverider buoys consists of seven long term monitoring sites along the New South Wales coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) deploys waverider buoys at two monitoring sites. The first waverider monitoring site, Cape Sorell (Tasmania) was deployed in 1998 and the second, Cape du Couedic (South Australia) was deployed in 2000. Wave measurements have been ongoing at these two sites for nearly two decades.