Buoys & Moorings

Moorings are platforms are anchored, i.e. moored, to the ocean floor and can include a floating structure, or buoy, at the surface ocean. A number of sensors and technologies can be affixed moorings and buoys  for a single purpose such as waves or include a variety of sensors mounted both above and below the water surface.  Most moorings and buoys relay data back to shore in real-time. Profiling buoys include sensor packages that regularly move up and down the mooring providing a comprehensive look at the water quality.  Buoys can be outfitted with sensors for wind, waves, currents, salinity, chlorophyll a, and other ocean chemistry and biology parameters.

Moored platforms in the CeNCOOS region include:


Mooring Date First Deployed Date Last Recovered
M0 2004 2011
M1 1989 On going
M2 1992 2011
OA1 2013 On going
OA2 2013 Recovered?

2018 Awaiting Redeployment
LO1 2003 On going
Tomales Bay 2013 On going
BML Buoy 2004 On going
Waverider CDIP buoy
The coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) specializes in wave measurement, swell modeling and forecasting, and the analysis of environmental data.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has created a climatology series for their longest deployed mooring. M1 climatology
The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) through NOAA maintains a network of ocean buoys along the west coast of the
The longest continuous wave record along the coast of California is the Pt. Reyes CDIP buoy.
BML Bodega mooring
The Bodega Ocean Observing Node (BOON) is at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (which is part of the University of California,