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Data from Ocean Buoys

Ocean and atmospheric data that are collected by buoys is available on-line. Learn about our environment by studying changes in these data.
  • Understand the relationships between:
    • wave period, wave energy, wave length, and wave speed (for deep-water waves)
  • Learn about one of nature's most destructive events: a tsunami
  • Discover how data are collected by buoys and how these data are calibrated
  • Convert data into different formats
  • Discover how atmospheric pressure is measured
  • Graph temperature data to find the relationship between Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Consider how wind, waves and the atmosphere change over hours
  • Are data collected during August 1998 similar to data gathered today?
  • Learn the tie between atmospheric pressure systems, wind direction and weather
  • Compare historical data graphs from several ocean buoys
  • Examine the relationship between wind speed and wave height
  • Discover how the buoys' water temperature and air temperature vary over time
  • Observe data trends
  • What's meaning of "mean data"?
  • Access climate data on the Internet
  • Compare the climate of coastal cities with buoys found at the same latitude
  • Examine month-to-month trends in air temperature and buoy water temperature
  • anemometer
  • aneroid
  • barometer
  • barometric pressure
  • calibrate
  • climate
  • data conversion
  • data trends
  • degrees Celsius
  • degrees Fahrenheit
  • Greenwich Mean Time
  • heat capacity
  • high-pressure systems
  • historical data
  • "knots"
  • longitude
  • low-pressure systems
  • mean data
  • mercury
  • metric
  • millibar
  • nautical miles
  • non-linear
  • significant wave height
  • time series
  • tsunami
  • variability
  • wave energy
  • wave length
  • wave period
  • "Zulu" time
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