L4 buoy in the water

Autonomous data buoys collect data on a wide range of chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Western English Channel as part of the Western Channel Observatory, one of the longest time-series in the world and important biodiversity reference site.

The two data buoys have been operated by us at stations L4 and E1 since 1999. Data is available from these moorings in near real-time (data is sent every 3 hours). For further information see the Western Channel Obervatory website.

In 2013 a new buoy built in collaboration with the UK's Met Office was deployed at station E1. You can view the deployment in the video below:

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