Information from regional IOOS buoy is used to improve marine operations. In a partnership between regional IOOS partner PacIOOS and the University of Hawaii, four wave buoys are operated and maintained around the Hawaiian Islands. IOOS data delivered from one wave buoy located outside the main harbor of Lanai, Hawaii – Kaumalapau Harbor – has improved oil import operations to the island.
In commemoration of Scarlet Knight’s historic Atlantic Crossing in 2009, the U.S. IOOS Program Office and Rutgers University organized a site visit on august 9, 2011, to recognize Rutgers and the network of partnerships and collaborations IOOS facilitated that were involved in this successful mission.
Information from regional IOOS buoy is used to assist a wide array of marine operations. Cook Inlet receives significant vessel traffic, as 95% of Alaska's goods arrive by barge through the inlet on the way to the Port of Anchorage. Additionally, an active sport fishing fleet departing from Homer and Anchor Point has desired a buoy for many years. Circulation patterns are complicated in the inlet, which also experiences high winds, seasonal sea ice, and tides up to 36 feet in places.