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September 2022



Datawell Chooses CoastalObsTechServices as US Representative


by Mark Bushnell

Datawell, the manufacturer of precision wave buoys celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has teamed with CoastalObsTechServices LLC for sales and service support in the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Datawell wave buoys use accelerometers or GPS data to track buoy motion, which is then translated into wave statistics. The buoys are offered with a variety of data transmission capabilities, and options such as solar panels and corrosion resistant hulls are available. Datawell also supplies mooring components, local radio data receivers, and test equipment to support deployments. OEM motion sensor packages are also available for alternative installations
“Datawell is recognized world-wide as the gold standard in wave observations and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to represent them in the U.S.”, says Mark Bushnell, CEO of CoastalObsTechServices. Wave observations are identified as one of the primary measurements needed for safe maritime commerce and sustained management of coastal regions, particularly in light of sea level rise. In addition to point source real time use, they are required for model input and validation.
CoastalObsTechServices provides support for a wide variety of met/ocean data acquisition activities. These services include identification of required observations, selection of sensors and supporting components, data acquisition design, systems integration, deployment, maintenance, recovery, data analysis, and QA/QC.
CoastalObsTechServices LLC was launched in 2011 by Bushnell following his retirement from NOAA after three decades of research and applied oceanography. Bushnell’s oceanographic experience includes tides, currents, waves, optics, acoustics, water quality, and satellite data telemetry. He has led efforts to standardize QA/QC, managed the test and evaluation of sensors/systems for NOS, and served as Chief Scientist aboard dozens of research cruises. Recent work includes support for testing new water level sensors, advanced satellite data telemetry, high frequency radar surface current mapping systems, installation of microwave sensors providing bridge air gap, and operational met/ocean buoy deployments.


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