Provide real-time observations of hurricane waves and wave forcing that can be ingested by modeling groups through an API to improve forecasts and validate hindcasts. Specifically:
Deploy arrays of Spotter wave buoys from C-130 aircraft 12-48 hours ahead of hurricanes.
Deploy arrays of Air-Deployable Micro Buoys (ADMB) and micro-SWIFT buoys from aircraft during hurricanes, as part of existing operations.
Use Sofar’s API to immediately deliver wave buoy data to operational centers
Describe the wave field surrounding hurricanes.
Compare buoy observations to NOAA WP3D aircraft estimates (WSRA, SFMR)
Optimize buoy array design for assimilation.
On Thursday September 14th, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Scientific Development Squadron (VXS-1) airdropped several buoys to observe coastal impacts from Hurricane Lee, which remained offshore.
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U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1 mobilized a crew for a NP-3C Orion operation with less than 24 hours’ notice to airdrop 10 Sofar Spotter buoys in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Idalia on Monday, August 28.