Have you ever seen a yellow buoy floating offshore with an antena on top, and wondered what it did? This video shows the deployment of a wave buoy in Cook Inlet, Alaska, owned by the Alaska Ocean Observing System. The 500-pound yellow buoy transmits real-time information about wave height, and direction, as well as sea surface temperature. An unknown event set the buoy free in October, and it spent the winter onshore. Local boaters missed getting up-to-date information on conditions, since quickly changing weather and dynamic tidal currents can make the area very dangerous. On May 2nd, a team from NOAA's Kasitsna Bay Lab and Kachemak Bay Research Reserve redeployed the buoy about 7 miles west of Anchor Point. Watch the film to see what they did! You can find data from the buoy by visiting the AOOS real-time sensor map: data.aoos.org/maps/sensors

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