AOOS partners launch new buoy in Cook Inlet

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May 9th marked the successful launch of a new wave buoy off the coast of Anchor Point in Cook Inlet. The buoy transmits real-time information on wave height and direction, as well as sea surface temperature.

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Information from the buoy will be used to assist a wide array of marine operations. Cook Inlet receives high vessel traffic, as 95% of Alaska's goods arrive by barge through the inlet on the way to the Port of Anchorage. Additionally, an active sport fishing fleet departing from Homer and Anchor Point has desired a buoy for many years. Circulation patterns are complicated in the inlet, which also experiences high winds, seasonal sea ice, and tides up to 36 feet in places.

The buoy is a result of a collaborative partnership between multiple entities.

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