Please note: You are viewing the unstyled version of this website. Either your browser does not support CSS (cascading style sheets) or it has been disabled. Skip navigation.

"Engineering for an Extreme Environment: Open-Ocean Moorings"

  Email    Print  PDF  Change text to small (default) Change text to medium Change text to large

Mr. Rick Trask, WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
In this talk Mr. Trask, a Sr. Research Engineer, posed the problem of establishing deep moorings for instrumentation in the open ocean, and led the participants through various solutions. With demonstrations and props he explained the constraints imposed by weather, ocean conditions, salt water, marine life, and the like on the possible constructions of deep moorings. A classroom activity tailored to this topic was demonstrated.

Web-based Resources

TAO Project (real-time data from moored ocean buoys from the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Array—TAO—Project)

National Data Buoy Center (recent marine data)

TRITON Buoys (Triangle Trans-Ocean Buoy Network)

International Arctic Buoy Programme

The Global Ocean Drifter Center of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab

Innovative Coastal-Ocean Observing Network Moorings

Upper Ocean Processes Group of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Wind Driven Ocean Currents: Rubber Ducks and Nikes

Nike experiment (a description of the scientific value of these accidents, from the American Geophysical Union)

NOPP Ocean Drifters Project—Partnering Ocean Science, Education and Technology

Surface Mooring Technology: A Recent History
Trask, R.P. and R.A. Weller
In: Oceanus, Spring/Summer 1995, pp. 2-5

A Place to Stand: The Mooring Techs
Gidwitz, T.
In: Woods Hole Currents, Summer 1996, pp. 3-8

The WHOI Buoy Project: Mooring Technology's Early Days
Heinmiller, B. and N. Fofonoff
In: Oceanus, Spring/Summer 1995, pp. 7-9

Last updated: June 24, 2014

Woods Hole Sea Grant • 193 Oyster Pond Road, MS#2, Woods Hole, MA 02543 • (508) 289-2665 •
Copyright ©2011 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, All Rights Reserved, Privacy Policy.
Problems or questions about the site, please contact
Site Map | National Sea Grant | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
WHOI Facebook WHOI You TubeWHOI Twitter