What's Above a Mooring?

Tom Farrar

Associate Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Farrar received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. His research interests include air-sea interaction and exchange; dynamics and thermodynamics of the upper ocean; tropical dynamics and equatorial waves; oceanic internal waves and eddies; satellite oceanography; and ocean observing and instrumentation.

Webinar Clip
To measure things like ocean surface salinity, or freshwater flux for a patch of ocean water, scientists need the right equipment. One way to collect lots of data from a single point in the ocean is to launch a surface mooring into the water, equipped with all of the necessary oceanographic technology. While at-sea, this mooring and its instrumentation will collect continuous data, allowing scientists to see how things like temperature and salinity from that point have changed over time. Dr. Farrar shows us what that instrumentation looks like and how much equipment can fit one one of these large surface moorings!

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