Accessing the Energy Department’s Lidar Buoy Data

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) deployed the Energy Department’s floating lidar buoys off of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. These buoys collected meteorological and oceanographic data, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Time – Referenced to Greenwich Mean Time
  • Buoy Position – Latitude and Longitude
  • Atmospheric Data (at sea level) – Temperature, pressure, humidity, and dew point
  • Wind Data (at sea level) – Wind speed, direction, and gusts at the sea surface
  • Wind Data (lidar) – Average wind speed, direction and gust at six different heights
  • Wave Data – Wave height, period, and direction.

All of the data were transmitted via satellite and are publicly available on the Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Data Archive and Portal.

Disclaimer: The information available through the PNNL website contains data sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, the data have not been reviewed by DOE employees, and DOE is not responsible for its use beyond this website. Neither the U.S. Government nor any agency thereof, or any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.