Atlantic Bight Synoptic Offshore Observational Network
James Nelson, Skidaway
Inst. of Oceanography, Savannah, GA, USA.
Oceanic Partnership Program.
Institute of Oceanography
US Navy (Tactical
Aircrew Combat Training System)
University of North Carolina
(Department of Marine Sciences)
Reef National Marine Sanctuary)
Carolina Marine Resources Research Institute.
1998 - ongoing
The South Atlantic Bight Synoptic Offshore Observational Network (SABSOON) is
a real-time coastal ocean observing system located on the US Southeastern continental
shelf. Offshore towers that are part of a flight training facility for the US
Navy have been equipped with oceanographic and meteorological instruments. On
several platforms, the Navy has provided access to existing power and high-bandwidth
communications systems. Instrument, data acquisition and communications systems
have been designed, installed, and tested in extended operation. Two-way, real-time
communications (T1 bandwidth) has been established. Instrument systems are operational
at two locations (about 50 and 70 km offshore, 26 and 33 m depth) has been established.
Installations of power, communications and instrument systems at a third location
(about 90 km offshore, 45 m depth) are underway. The network accommodates additional
sensors and access to real-time communications by other researchers. A prototype
data assimilative, nowcast/forecast model for the region was developed during
the initial funding. This will provide one component for a coupled ocean/atmosphere
forecasting model presently being developed in a separate NOPP project that
will utilize the SABSOON observations in a data assimilative mode.
is in place for monitoring atmospheric conditions (wind speed and direction,
total solar irradiance, a siphoning rain bucket, relative humidity, temperature
and air pressure) as well as ocean measurements (conductivity, temperature,
pressure, chlorophyll a, dissolved organic matter, wave/tide gauging, and current
profiles). Artificial reef structures and an underwater video system were also
deployed for fisheries studies. View
data from this project.
SABSOON is part
of the Southeast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEA-COOS).