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NOAA’S OCEAN SERVICE TO SUPPORT SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL WEATHER DATA BUOYS
Two weather data buoy stations slated for removal from service at the end of the year will remain operational for another one to two additional years. NOAA’s Ocean Service is providing $160,000 for the continued operation of the National Data Buoy Center stations located off the California coast, near Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. The National Data Buoy Center is part of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
Buoys 46023 (near Point Arguellos, Calif.) and 46054 (near Santa Barbara, Calif.) were established for and have been sponsored by the Minerals Management Service since 1982 and 1993, respectively. These buoys helped MMS understand ocean currents in the area. The MMS agreement expires in December 2005, and due to this funding shortfall, NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center had earlier announced its intention to remove the buoys from service.
“These observing locations are priorities for the emerging Integrated Ocean Observing System,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA is committed to this effort and has come up with an innovative arrangement to keep the stations operating as long as possible.”
“Funding from NOAA’s Ocean Service will
allow us to maintain these stations for a couple of years, unless there
is a catastrophic incident such as a major ship collision,” states
Paul Moersdorf, Ph.D., director of the National Data Buoy Center. “However,
the future operation is still an unknown. NOAA continues to seek a long-term
solution for funding these buoys.”
All stations within
the National Data Buoy Center network measure wind speed, direction
and gust; barometric pressure; and air temperature. In addition, the
buoy stations and some C-MAN stations measure sea surface temperature
and wave height and period. Conductivity and water current are measured
at selected stations.
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On the Web:
NOAA National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
National Data Buoy Center: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
NOAA Ocean Service: http://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov
National Marine Sanctuary: http://channelislands.noaa.gov