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    • LNM: N Gulf, Temporary Buoy Deployment, Destin to Panama City, FL

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Temporary Buoy Deployment

      Continuing until March 31, 2023, as a part of the U.S. Navy funded Coastal Land-Air-Sea Interaction program, the University of Miami and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School are deploying oceanographic measurement buoys in the Northern Gulf of Mexico in the region between Destin, FL and Panama City, FL. The vessels conducting the operations will be the Research Vessel ARMSTRONG and Research Vessel APALACHEE. The Research Vessel ARMSTRONG will be conducting the mooring operations as described in this request. There will be three different types of moorings installed during the experiment: Air-Sea Interaction Spar buoys (ASIS), Inshore spar (I-Spar) and Sofar Spotter wave buoys, bound by the following approximate positions:
      ASIS buoy mooring positions:

      30-15-07.44N 086-14-25.30W (30°15.1240N / 086°14.4217W, 30.252067 / -86.240361),

      30-20-57.54N 086-21-50.22W (30°20.9590N / 086°21.8370W, 30.349317 / -86.363950),

      30-00-48.42N 086-23-45.42W (30°0.8070N / 086°23.7570W, 30.013450 / -86.395950),

      30-17-24.28N 086-13-53.40W (30°17.4047N / 086°13.8900W, 30.290078 / -86.231500),

      30-19-14.82N 086-22-21.18W (30°19.2470N / 086°22.3530W, 30.320783 / -86.372550),

      30-18-26.22N 086-17-45.36W (30°18.4370N / 086°17.7560W, 30.307283 / -86.295933),

      30-16-22.56N 086-18-19.74W (30°16.3760N / 086°18.3290W, 30.272933 / -86.305483) and

      30-10-57.36N 086-20-05.34W (30°10.9560N / 086°20.0890W, 30.182600 / -86.334817) .
      ISPAR/Spotter mooring positions:

      30-21-21.07N 086-16-52.75W (30°21.3512N / 086°16.8791W, 30.355853 / -86.281319),

      30-21-06.05N 086-16-56.09W (30°21.1009N / 086°16.9348W, 30.351681 / -86.282247),

      30-20-50.80N 086-17-01.66W (30°20.8466N / 086°17.0276W, 30.347444 / -86.283794),

      30-20-34.05N 086-17-06.55W (30°20.5675N / 086°17.1092W, 30.342792 / -86.285153),

      30-20-17.99N 086-17-10.43W (30°20.2999N / 086°17.1739W, 30.338331 / -86.286231),

      30-20-02.24N 086-17-15.17W (30°20.0374N / 086°17.2528W, 30.333956 / -86.287547),

      30-19-46.04N 086-17-19.61W (30°19.7674N / 086°17.3269W, 30.329456 / -86.288781),

      30-19-30.09N 086-17-23.41W (30°19.5015N / 086°17.3902W, 30.325025 / -86.289836),

      30-19-13.99N 086-17-28.64W (30°19.2332N / 086°17.4773W, 30.320553 / -86.291289) and

      30-18-58.84N 086-17-34.96W (30°18.9806N / 086°17.5826W, 30.316344 / -86.293044) .
      Spotter only mooring positions:

      30-14-30.84N 086-18-52.92W (30°14.5140N / 086°18.8820W, 30.241900 / -86.314700),

      30-20-16.80N 086-27-08.28W (30°20.2800N / 086°27.1380W, 30.338000 / -86.452300),

      30-18-08.64N 086-18-08.64W (30°18.1440N / 086°18.1440W, 30.302400 / -86.302400),

      30-18-25.56N 086-14-31.92W (30°18.4260N / 086°14.5320W, 30.307100 / -86.242200),

      30-16-08.04N 086-08-30.12W (30°16.1340N / 086°8.5020W, 30.268900 / -86.141700),

      30-20-17.52N 086-22-02.64W (30°20.2920N / 086°22.0440W, 30.338200 / -86.367400),

      30-12-58.32N 086-22-02.64W (30°12.9720N / 086°22.0440W, 30.216200 / -86.367400),

      30-19-35.04N 086-17-29.76W (30°19.5840N / 086°17.4960W, 30.326400 / -86.291600) and

      30-18-03.24N 086-17-54.60W (30°18.0540N / 086°17.9100W, 30.300900 / -86.298500) .
      Other, ADCP surface float:

      30-21-12.82N 086-16-53.80W (30°21.2137N / 086°16.8967W, 30.353561 / -86.281611),

      30-19-22.44N 086-23-25.21W (30°19.3740N / 086°23.4202W, 30.322900 / -86.390336) and

      30-20-10.46N 086-17-12.24W (30°20.1743N / 086°17.2040W, 30.336239 / -86.286733) .
      ASIS moorings: these moorings will be deployed using an anchor attached to a subsurface float which is connected to a multispar surface buoy. The buoys which are instrumented with meteorological and oceanographic measurement equipment extend approximately 5 meters above the water line and 7 meters below the water line. The buoys are painted yellow and are lighted with amber flashing lights that are programed to flash every 4 seconds for .4 seconds. Each buoy will also have an attached floating 18-inch spherical buoy attached by 50 feet of hose to a lighted float.
      I-Spar moorings: 2 by 18-inch white buoy, 2 x 18-inch orange buoy, 8-meter SPAR buoy, solar panel float, wave buoy, various underwater equipment will be moored within 100 meters. Solar panel float equipped with amber light with a flash period of 2.5 seconds and visibility of 1 mile.
      SPAR buoy equipped with 1 yellow flashing light with a flash frequency of 110 flashes per minute and a visibility of .3 miles. Spotter wave buoy moorings: 16 by 12-inch yellow buoy, solar powered, equipped with a amber light with flash period of 2.5 seconds and visibility of 1-mile.
      Other: Bottom mounted ADCP positions will be marked with a small, unlighted crab float.
      For additional information, mariners can contact Brian Haus of the University of Miami, at (305) 794-0987, bhaus@miami.edu, Neil Williams of the University of Miami, at (305) 458-6567, nwilliams@cstars.miami.edu, Jamie Macmahan of the Naval Postgraduate School, at (831) 656-2379, jhmacmah@nps.edu, or Charlotte Benbow of the Naval Postgraduate School, at charlotte.benbow@nps.edu.

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