Wave Measurement Buoy
Offshore, coastal and large inland waters are subject to varying wave conditions that have the potential to become hazardous. Wave buoys measure wave height, period, and direction to provide critical data for boaters and shipping vessels, researchers, offshore construction managers or any other application where wave data is of interest. Buoys are commonly used in drifting, tethering and mooring applications.
Typical Wave Buoy System
Wave buoys come in various sizes depending on the application. Small wave buoys may be used in drifting applications or other situations like nearshore monitoring where a large power supply is not necessary. For these types of applications, the NexSens CB-25-SVS buoy is an ideal option.
The CB-25-SVS features the industry-leading SeaView Systems SVS-603 wave sensor packaged in a watertight canister with data logger for transmission of wave measurements via radio, cellular or Iridium satellite telemetry. Wave height, period and direction data are sent to the WQData LIVE web datacenter. In a basic configuration, this free service allows users to securely access and analyze data, as well as share data through auto-reports. Subscription-based tiers of WQData LIVE are also available for advanced reporting, alarming, and data sharing including automated export, API and public portal options.
External sensor ports with wet-mate connectors on the CB-25-SVS logger canister support GPS, meteorological, and water quality sensors for maximum flexibility. The compact buoy has a diameter of 18” (46 cm) and total weight of just 30 lb (13.6 kg). The small size simplifies deployment, and eye bolts allow for flexible mooring or tethering options. Otherwise, the buoy may be sent adrift for ocean research applications.
For more advanced oceanographic measurements, the SVS-603 wave sensor may be integrated into larger NexSens buoy platforms such as the CB-950 and CB-1250, which have large solar panels and battery capacity to support advanced measurements with many sensor types including meteorological stations, current profilers and water quality sensors.
Contact a NexSens Applications Engineer today to discuss your wave measurement application.
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