A Review of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Wave Glider® Field Program
Fitzpatrick, P. J., Lau, Y. H., Moorhead, R. J., Skarke, A., Merritt, D., Kreider, K., Brown, C., Carlon, R., Hine, G., Lampoudi, T., & Leonardi, A. (2015). A Review of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Wave Glider® Field Program. Marine Technology Society Journal. Marine Technology Society. 49(3), 64-71. DOI:10.4031/MTSJ.49.3.14.
Sustained observations of oceanographic and atmospheric boundary layer conditions
are imperative for the investigation of tropical cyclone genesis, for numerical
model input to predict track and intensity, and in general, for many environmental
monitoring needs. We present preliminary results of a Fall 2014 100-day deployment
ofWave Glider platforms in the eastern Gulf ofMexico designed to dynamically collect
surface weather, water temperature, wave, and ocean current profile data within tropical
cyclones. Data were collected and retransmitted near real time through a Liquid
Robotics interface to regional and national data portals such as the National Data
Buoy Center and secondarily also used by the private sector. Accomplishments include buoy loitering for validation exercises, data gap filling, platform redeployments, and an interception of the fringes of Tropical Storm Hanna. Preliminary buoy loitering
assessments using bias and absolute error metrics showed reasonable agreement
with buoys for atmospheric pressure, wave, and height-adjusted wind data but that
the temperature hardware requires an improved sensor. A full assessment of the
potential for the sustained collection and real-time dissemination of environmental
data for Wave Glider platforms is presented including lessons learned.