New Buoy on the Bering Sea

June 21, 2011

Sidney, BC Canada

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) of Sidney, British Columbia has been awarded a contract from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to provide a data buoy for environmental monitoring south of the Bering Strait near Alaska. The contract was awarded in April and includes the supply of a 1.8 metre diameter WatchMate™ buoy, plus system training, commissioning and telemetry.

The WatchMate™ buoy was chosen for its ability to survive the expected extreme conditions at the deployment site. Researchers, led by David Atkinson of University of Victoria (UVic), are interested in gathering wind, wave and current data from the buoy to better understand the links between wave and swell conditions, and the weather systems driving them. The WatchMate™ buoy is configured with twin Gill ultrasonic wind sensors to detect icing events, a TRIAXYS™ Directional wave sensor and air and sea surface temperature sensors. Hourly data from the buoy will be sent to UAF, UVic, NOAA forecasters, US and Canadian Coast Guards, and communities. Data logged on board the buoy will be further analyzed for time series and historical studies.

Final testing has been completed at the AXYS testing facility. Project support is provided by Institute of Ocean Sciences/Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Sidney. The buoy will be deployed from the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Sir Wilfred Laurier in June and is scheduled to be recovered in mid October by the US Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy. Funding support for the project was provided by NOAA/EPA.

Financial terms of the contract have not been released.


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