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The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new wave buoy on June 6 near the entrance to Pearl Harbor approximately 1.5 miles offshore.

The wave buoy provides accurate information on wave height, direction and period and also measures surface currents and sea surface temperature.

Wave buoy data benefit the entire community and are important to make well-informed and safe decisions. Real-time wave information improves surf and ocean observations, and enhances wave modeling and surf forecasting. All wave buoy data are available online free of charge.

The wave buoy off Pearl Harbor is the first PacIOOS wave buoy with the capability to measure surface currents at 10-minute intervals. Currents data, along with wave information, will help to enhance marine safety, navigation and harbor operations on O‘ahu’s South Shore, in particular in the waters around Pearl Harbor.

PacIOOS is a Regional Association in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).

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