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PP-WMD: DBCP Pilot Project on Wave Measurements from Drifters


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climateobs_drifting.jpgThe Pilot Project will

  1. evaluate the feasibility of making wave spectral measurements from GPS-equipped drifting buoys, and
  2. if successful, proceed to the deployment of a network of up to 50 GPS-equipped drifting buoys.

The Pilot Project will run for an initial three-year period from November 2008 and will report to the DBCP on progress at its annual sessions.

The Pilot Project will seek to evaluate the feasibility of GPS wave technology for drifters in terms of:

  1. Data quality in comparison to established industry references;
  2. Sensor reliability and survivability;
  3. Limitations of sensor validity as a function of sea state;
  4. Data throughput in terms of quantity and timeliness;
  5. Data management, especially data formatting and insertion on the GTS;
  6. Operational shipment and deployment, including rapid response options;
  7. Cooperation with developing countries in terms of drifter deployment and technology transfer;
  8. Collaboration with manufacturers to promote availability of GPS-equipped wave drifters;
  9. Overall cost effectiveness (manufacturing, transmission, data processing, life-time).

The Steering Team is tasked to guide the Pilot Project in achieving the tasks described above.

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