Offshore Mooring and Buoy observations
Bodega Marine Laboratory operates an oceanographic buoy on the 30m isobath, immediately offshore from the Lab. Deployed in December 2009, the buoy provides data on currents at all depths down to 25m (85ft), seawater temperature, salinity, chlorophyll fluorescence, light transmissivity, dissolved oxygen, pCO2 and pH.
An oceanographic buoy is deployed in Tomales Bay, just south of Hog Island. It is a cooperative project between the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS/NPS), and the National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS/NOAA). The purpose of this buoy is to measure oceanographic data that will help researchers answer various ecological and oceanographic questions, as well as provide the public with real time data related to sea conditions within the bay. Researchers will use the data to study, among other things, marine life populations, water quality, how water moves through and around the bay, and climate change. Data may include: wind, ocean current speed and direction, salinity, temperature, chlorophyll fluorescence, turbidity, pH, and CO2 (the partial pressure of carbon dioxide).
Cordell Bank Buoy
Researchers at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary collaborated in the acquisition and design of the Cordell Bank mooring. The project was funded through the Joint Institute of Marine Observations, now called Cooperative Institute on Marine Ecosystems and Climate (CIMEC), a collaborative institute between NOAA and the University of California. The buoy serves to (1) monitor and document physical and biological conditions on the Bank, (2) increase understanding of the relationship between upwelling/productivity at the Bank and the physical forcing, and (3) provide public information about oceanic processes and about this valuable Sanctuary in particular. The buoy sensors provided a record of fluorescence, turbidity, water temperature, salinity, and ocean current velocity over the Bank.