As part of the Coastal Mixing and Optics (CMO) Program, the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Upper Ocean Processes Group deployed
four moorings on the New England Shelf from August 1996 through June
1997. The moorings are located 80 miles southeast of Montauk, Long
Island, and 60 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. ...
The mooring array consists of a central mooring site, at approximately
40.5 N, 70.5 W, and three surrounding sites. Relative to the central
at 70 m depth, the surrounding sites are 10 km inshore at 60 m depth,
10 km offshore at 80 m depth, and 25 km alongshore at 70 m depth.
Each mooring site includes a surface/subsurface mooring pair
instrumented for measurement of currents, temperature, and
salinity. In addition, an ADCP was deployed on the inshore and
offshore moorings. The central site includes a pitch-roll buoy to
obtain surface wave spectra and a surface-scanning Doppler sonar to
image the surface velocity field. The surface mooring at the central
site was instrumented with meteorological sensors for measurement of
wind speed and direction, incoming short-wave and long-wave radiation,
relative humidity, air temperature, sea-surface temperature, and
The observations from this array will be used to identify and
understand the vertical mixing processes influencing the evolution of
stratification over the shelf.
CTD surveys were conducted during the deployment and recovery
cruises. Cross-shelf transects and along-isobath transects were made
with a station separation of about 5 km.
[This information was obtained from the Upper Ocean Processes Group
website at WHOI.]