POSTED: 5:02 a.m. HST, Dec 9, 2011
University of Hawaii researchers have deployed a new buoy off Maui that will provide useful data to mariners as well as help in the forecast of big wave surf heights.
The buoy was installed north of Kahului in 700 feet of water on Dec. 3.
The device will supply real-time data on wave height, direction, period, and water temperature.
The information will help ships safely enter and exit Kahului Harbor. It will also help surfers, sailors, paddlers and other recreational ocean users.
The Datawell Mark II Waverider Buoy is operated by the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System, which is led by the University of Hawaii's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
It joins the system's network of six other buoys in Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands.