RESOURCES: Broadcasting Live From the High Seas

Science  06 Aug 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5685, pp. 759d
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.759d

The National Data Buoy Center brims with data for everyone from climate modelers looking for records of marine temperatures to oceanographers studying wave behavior. The site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration holds measurements from more than 400 automated observing stations and buoys, most of which are bobbing around in U.S., Canadian, and European waters. You can garner near-real-time values for water and air temperature, wind speed, wave height, and other variables. Or rummage through the archives for numbers from as far back as the 1970s. The center, which includes data from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, also links to satellite maps of wind speed and direction (above left, red indicates the strongest winds, blue the weakest).

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