Map of the Endurance Array including Oregon and Washington lines. (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
The last buoy of the Endurance Array, part of the massive Ocean Observatories Initiative backed by the National Science Foundation, has finally been deployed, according to The Oregonian. Researchers from Oregon State University made the deployment in early June, and also launched underwater gliders at the time.
The new buoy completes a series of buoys and unmanned underwater vehicles deployed off the United States’ West Coast near the state of Washington that will help scientists keep track of Pacific Ocean dynamics. These include processes related to phytoplankton production, acidification and algal blooms.
In addition to the buoy deployment, scientists also deployed a CTD rosette to log data on conductivity, temperature and depth. The measurements collected by the rosette will serve as a baseline, scientists say, to help them judge how sensors on the new buoy perform in the future.
Top image: Map of the Endurance Array including Oregon and Washington lines. (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)