ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop 2006 logos
The Buoy Workshop 2006 is conducted with support from the Ocean Engineering and Marine Systems Group of the Office of Naval Research, and by the Marine Technology Society, Columbia, Maryland.

Workshop Chair
Dr. Walter Paul, MS #7
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1056
tel: (508) 289-3506
fax: (508) 457-2194
email: wpaul@whoi.edu

Workshop Co-Chair
Rick Cole
University of South Florida
College of Marine Science
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
tel: (727) 553-1522
fax: (727) 553-1189
e-mail: rdc@ocg7.marine.usf.edu

Registration Contact
Judith Rizoli White, MS #12
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1056
tel: (508) 289-2456
fax: (508) 457-2194
email: jrizoli@whoi.edu

Indispensable Local Facilitator
John Walpert
Texas A&M University GERG
College Station, TX 77845
tel: (979) 862-2323 x119
fax: (979) 862-2361
e-mail: walpert@gerg.tamu.edu

ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop

Final Program
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Dear Workshop Participants and Browsers:

A lively ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop 2006 took place March 14-16 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Over 90 attendees participated in the 2-1/2 day program and enjoyed most interesting site tours. The Speaker Program consisted of 23 presentations with summarizing Panel Sessions, and an IOOS Industry Information Exchange Forum. Despite a lower number of talks compared with the record 2004 Buoy Workshop there seemed to be not enough time for discussions, exchange of experience, and visiting the exhibitor displays. We toured the Buoy Shop of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory, and the Offshore Technology Research Center, all part of Texas A&M University with its large campus, home to almost 50,000 students.

The catastrophic hurricane and tsunami events in 2004 and 2005 focused a lot of the workshop’s attention on tsunami detecting and weather monitoring buoy systems. The weather buoys of the National Data Buoy Center play an important role in hurricane tracking and sea state and wind monitoring. An IOOS Industry Information Exchange Forum was organized to focus on the need to build over thirty new tsunami detection systems for the US waters, to monitor both in the Atlantic and Pacific deep ocean seismic waves before they become deadly surges in shallow water. These oceanographic buoy systems are becoming a vital life saving tool of significant value for many coastal regions around the world.

The following program pages give an overview of all talks and their organization in topical sessions. The significant progress in understanding and improving buoy systems and their components over the last decade is reflected in a number of presentations, as is the advancement to predict survivability in the challenging open ocean environment, and the emerging technology of buoy based observation networks. Additional relevant buoy connected developments were covered by a number of speakers. The speakers and their organizations deserve our special appreciation for their readiness to share their work’s successes and failures with the attendees.

We gratefully acknowledge the partial funding support from the Office of Naval Research, and help with publicity and insurance coverage by the Marine Technology Society. Special thanks go to Dr. Norm Guinasso and John Walpert from the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), aided by Maureen Reap from the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University for very essential local support. Their efforts and help made it possible to have the workshop at the University on rather short notice (The original effort to have the workshop in Gulfport, Mississippi, had to be stopped due to the devastation by hurricane Katrina).

A CD with the workshop program, the speakers’ abstracts and presentation materials, exhibitor’s information, and a participant’s list is being assembled to be sent to all attendees, the CD will also be on sale for $25.


Walter Paul
Buoy Workshop Chair
Rick Cole
Workshop Co-Chair
Judy Rizoli
Workshop Administrator

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