Your Objective

Your objective for this activity is to examine how atmospheric processes affect surface oceanographic conditions. In this section, you will link the wave data from the previous activity to wind and current data, to investigate the interaction between the oceans and atmosphere.

Click the Next button to add wind speed data to the visualization.

Data Tips

Questions for Thought

Orientation Questions
  • Click through and examine each data set one at a time: wave height, wave period, wind speed, and surface current speed, and explore how they change through time. What patterns do you see for each individual data set over the course of a week?
  • Compare the datasets and describe any correlations you see among the datasets.
Interpretation Questions
  • What effect does wind speed have on waves and surface currents?
  • The current speed data show significant fluctuations throughout the sample period. What could be causing these daily fluctuations?
  • What natural process may have been responsible for the collective air-sea changes you observed?

Background Information

Click on the images below to learn more about where and how the dataset above was collected.

Dataset Information

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The data for this activity was obtained from the following Coastal Pioneer instruments:

Recovered datasets were downloaded from the OOI data portal, and then hourly mean averages were calculated and merged together into a single file for use in this activity. Hourly rain rate was calculated by differencing the hourly precipitation measurements.

See this Jupyter Notebook for details on how the data for this activity was processed.

Activity Citation: Degan, J., Hicks, M., Mitra, S., Webb, P., & Lichtenwalner, C. S. (2019). Dynamic Air-Sea Interactions. OOI Data Labs Collection.