The University of Miami team is leading the CLASI experimental effort, which will focus on coastal conditions by deploying 5 Air-Sea Interaction Spar (ASIS) buoys to observe coastal winds and air-sea coupling. We will also be constructing and deploying 3 specially instrumented ASIS buoys (aka qT-ASIS) in collaboration with the NPS and OSU scientists to measure the near-surface atmospheric gradients and electromagnetic ducting conditions. This total of 8 ASIS buoys marks the largest ever deployment of this unique platform and the first deployment on the west coast of the US.
We will also conduct remotely sensed observations by satellite, X-band radar and drones from the UM Rosenstiel School’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS).
The ASIS buoys have been shipped in pieces from Miami, FL to Alameda, CA, where they are being assembled at Bay Ship and Yacht. They will then be placed, two at at a time, on the R/V Sally Ride for their deployment trip south to Monterey Bay. The WHOI mooring group will be leading the ASIS deployment effort. To accomplish a field experiment this ambitious requires a team of dedicated scientists, technicians and students.
The University of Miami Team
(banner: part of the UM/CLASI team during a mid-experiment cruise)