This data package contains data collected from three spherical wave buoys (30 cm in diameter), deployed during Lagrangian submesoscale experiment (LASER) in the Gulf of Mexico, on Jan 29th, 30th, and Feb 6th 2016. The wave buoys were custom made using acrylic hardened plastic and contained Global Positioning System (GPS) unit (GT-31 handheld type) and an Inertial Measuring Unit (Yost, 3 space YEI-TSS hand-held type sensor) which consisted of an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer. They were free floating and had a heavy chain attached at the bottom to keep them upright. Data from the GPS was recorded at 1 Hz and inertial motion unit (IMU) was at 10 Hz. GPS and IMU data were synced by matching the raw data streams. The data package also includes the Matlab code used to convert Raw GPS and IMU data into wave spectra and the .mat files that contains the output from the code. This dataset supports the publication: Carlson, D. F., Özgökmen, T., Novelli, G., Guigand, C., Chang, H., Fox-Kemper, B., … Horstmann, J. (2018). Surface Ocean Dispersion Observations From the Ship-Tethered Aerostat Remote Sensing System. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5. doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00479
Sanchit Mehta. 2019. Wave buoy data collected during Lagrangian submesoscale experiment (LASER) in the Gulf of Mexico from 2016-01-29 to 2016-02-06. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. doi:10.7266/n7-8h5w-nn91
Three wave buoys were deployed to collect wave characteristics during the LASER field campaign in the Gulf of Mexico, Jan-Feb 2016.
Data Parameters and Units:
Dir [direction (degrees from true north)]; instruc.HEAVE [acceleration along z axis (m/s2)]; instruc.SURGE [acceleration along x axis (m/s2)]; instruc.SWAY [acceleration along y axis (m/s2)]; instruc.PITCH [pitch (radians)]; instruc.ROLL [roll (radians)]; instruc.YAW [yaw (radians)]; instruc.HEAD [heading of the x-axis (degrees from true north)]; lat [latitude (degrees N)]; lon [longitude (degrees W)]; S11 [wave spectra: column 1 = frequency bands (Hz) column 2 = spectral density (m^2/Hz)]; speed [speed over ground (knots)]; t [time from experiment start for IMU data (seconds)]; time [UTC time in the format HHMMSS.SSS, where HH = hour, MM = minutes, SS.SSS = seconds]; ze [water surface elevation relative to MSL (m)].