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Research buoy

Measuring Mediterranean Currents

Researchers launch a buoy equipped with an acoustic Doppler current profiler from a research catamaran in the Mediterranean Sea. The buoy was designed by WHOI's Upper Ocean Processes Group to drift with the strong current at the boundary between Mediterranean and Atlantic waters and measure water velocities from a depth of 75 meters to the surface. This cruise, called IRENE, was part of a project funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and planned by WHOI physical oceanographers Amala Mahadevan and J. Thomas Farrar in collaboration with scientists from IMEDEA and SOCIB in Mallorca. The eight-member science team also included WHOI engineering assistant Andrew Davies and MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Mara Freilich. (Photo courtesy of Amala Mahadevan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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