The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) just shared this view captured this week by James Behrens while taking a freshly-prepared wave buoy out to a location known as CDIP Station 191-Point Loma South.
Based at Scripps Oceanography in La Jolla, CDIP provides near real-time wave and sea surface temperature observations, models, and forecasts through a network of buoys and other sensors deployed around much of the world. Newer technology is allowing the gear to stay at sea longer.
"Battery life usually limits CDIP's buoy deployment time to 18 months," CDIP noted. "This station was one of the first to implement solar panels on the top hatch, extending its deployment time for over 3 years!"