Two shore side met stations are up and running. These are collocated with the OSU radar sites at Guadalupe and Pt Purisma. Parameters measured are wind speed, wind direction, air temp, air pressure, relative humidity, and shortwave radiation. We are working on adding long wave radiation at Gaudalupe. The data are recorded locally, and will be available at the end of the experiment (i.e., no telemetry).
Installation of the MASS system for the Melville SIO group was completed today (September 8) in Oxnard. The outfitted plane will be arriving at the Santa Maria Airport tomorrow afternoon in preparation for airborne flights beginning Sunday. We will be on the evening conference calls starting tomorrow to firm up flight plan details for flights on subsequent days.
We finished mooring deployments from R/V Oceanus when we installed MS100 at first light. After that, we transited to near Avila Beach and Jim Lerczak, Una Savic (OSU graduate student) and Matthew Ball (OSU undergraduate student) boarded the 29-foot OSU research vessel Kalipi. Taylor Eaton (Captain) and Jenny Thomas (OSU graduate student) are the rest of the OSU R/V Kalipi team.
Oceanus then started a tow-yo CTD and ADCP survey along a cross-shelf line that parallels the southern mooring line in the Oceano array, from 20m out to about 55m. We saw some big NLIWs that are easily seen in the ship’s radar and the UMiami Marine Doppler Radar. Note the two wave packets from different directions. The larger N-S oriented waves were 30-m amplitude with lots of evidence for mixing in the echosounder record. The CTD traces showed the huge changes in the thermocline. It was great to have the R/V Sally Ride join us!
—Jack Barth, Oceanus
Just a little info about the live radar feed, the feed can be found on the ISDRI blog under ObservationalData/Realtime Data or at this link, some instructions are located at the blog RealtimeData as well. This feed can be accessed from your phone, if you download the single image you can even view it in Google Earth on your phone and see the blue dot of where you are located in the image. The files are not large, we were able to use the realtime single image from our phones on the beach. Also, if you click the “KMZ archive link” you can see the last 1hr/3hr/6hr/12hr/24hr/48hr kmz sequences and slide through in time on GEarth. These files are ~15MB (48hr file is 40MB). Any questions, just let us know.