Cook Inlet Wave Buoy

For the past year and a half, a federally-sponsored wave buoy has been stationed seven miles offshore from Anchor Point. The buoy transmits real-time information about wave height and direction, as well as sea surface temperature, as a service to the local community. The buoy is owned by the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) and maintained with the help from many partners.

Twice in the last year, the buoy has broken free from its tether, and required capture, maintenance and redeployment. This survey is an effort to better understand the value of the buoy to the community, and get input for re-siting the buoy to a location that is safer while still providing useful data.

Additionally, we are looking for interested boaters to help us monitor the buoy for large debris fields, other boaters tying up to the buoy, or other problems. Any of these may be contributing to the buoy going adrift and loss of important information to the boating community. The buoy is a team effort, and we appreciate the support of local mariners. If you would like more information on the buoy, please email Darcy at

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* 1. Have you heard of the wave buoy described above?

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* 2. How did you find out about the buoy?