The Santa Monica Bay Observatory mooring is located at 33° 56'N, 118°43'W inside Santa Monica Bay at a water depth of about 450 m. Data are telemetered back to UCLA daily via radio and made available to the public through our LAS server. Each day we also produce a series of standard plots. For photos and impressions, follow this link.
The current deployment began on March 6, 2006.
Currently, the mooring is instrumented as follows:
- Basic meteorological parameters (air temperature, windspeed, wind direction)
- Global Positioning System
- Conductivity, temperature, pressure sensors down to 100 m water depth
- Transmissometer and fluorometer at approximately 0.5 m water depth
- Downward looking Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) at about 2 m water depth
- Air-sea partial pressure of CO2 and oxygen difference analyzer (not continuous)
Follow this link for a more detailed description of the sensors.
The SMBO mooring is currently supported by grants from NSF and from NOAA. If you have questions/inquiries, please contact the Nicolas Gruber (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Lead PI) or Levanto Schachter (email@example.com) (Marine technician).