Welcome to the Ocean Climate Stations Project

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Deployment of the most recent PAPA buoy
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Researchers Monitor Unusually Warm Surface Water in NE Pacific
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Papa Mooring Central to OOI Global Node
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The Ocean Climate Stations Project (OCS) deploys buoys to make continuous measurements of the atmosphere and ocean. These observations are used by scientists to enhance our understanding of weather and climate, and to improve weather forecasts.

OCS Buoy - KEO 2010 An OCS mooring is a surface float, loaded with scientific instruments - above, inside, and below - anchored in open ocean water as deep as 5700 meters (19,000 feet). Sensors are also mounted on the mooring line to depths of 525 meters (1700 feet).

Made over a long time period, these meteorological, oceanic and biogeochemical meaurements enable researchers to study how the air and sea interact through exchanges of heat, moisture, momentum, and carbon dioxide.  These air-sea fluxes both depend on, and impact the oceanic and atmospheric environments, affecting weather, local and global climate patterns, the ecosystem, and the environment.

Please explore this web site and learn about the techniques used to collect measurements in the harsh environment of the open ocean. The data we collect is freely available to you, and you can view measurements taken as recently as 6 hours ago!


Last updated: August 11, 2015.