More buoys keeping watch on Pacific weather & currents

4 June, 2013 Uncategorized0

More buoys keeping watch on Pacific weather & currents

Updated 4 June 2013, 8:35 AEST

Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the US navy have joined forces in a buoy drop to creat a better observation network in the event of natural disasters.

More buoys keeping watch on Pacific weather & currents (Credit: ABC)

Ten global drifter buoys have been released from the Navy’s the amphibious dock landing ship, “Pearl Harbor”.

The buoys measure ocean currents up to 15 metres in depth, sea surface temperatures and atmospheric pressure. All are important elements in creating an observation network, allowing for more accurate weather forecasts.

Luca Centurioni from the Scripps physical oceanography research division talks about their efforts to maintain and improve observations in the Pacific.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Luca Centurioni, Scripps Physical Oceanography research division, University of Southern California

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