Coastal Observations: a Biological Perspective


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Another major focus of CoastalObs III is the Coastal Bio-Optical Buoy (COBY). COBY is a scientific mooring which will be deployed approximately 25 miles offshore of Wallops Island, VA. The buoy will house instruments to measure the meteorological, biological, and physical oceanographic properties of the region. The COBY mooring will also profile the water column each hour with a suite of instruments to create a very detailed description of the oceanographic conditions in the area. Every two weeks, an oceanographic cruise is conducted to sample the waters between the coast and the buoy site. These COBY cruises allow for servicing of the buoy-maintaining the buoy superstructure, cleaning of the optical surfaces of the instruments, and verifying the data storage and routine operation of the buoy controls.