Buoy Deployment to Study Pacific Storms

MIAMI, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A scientific team says it will deploy instrument-carrying buoys southeast of Taiwan to study storm behavior in the typhoon-plagued Western Pacific.

Scientists and technicians from the University of Miami are joining researchers from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Environment Canada in a buoy deployment to better understand interactions between the ocean and atmosphere during typhoons, a university release said Tuesday.

Tandem buoy sets, consisting of the boat-shaped EASI (Extreme Air-Sea Interaction) buoy and the ASIS (Air-Sea Interaction Spar) buoy, will be used for the first time in the Pacific.

In the past, these buoy deployments have taken place in the Atlantic Ocean during hurricane season, and on separate experiments in the Southern Ocean and Labrador Sea, the release said.

The buoys will be at sea for three months measuring the momentum, heat and moisture exchange between the atmosphere and ocean in the midst of tropical cyclones.

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