Access to global ocean data for academic use

Apply below with your academic email address for free access to data from Sofar's global buoy network. 


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Selected literature featuring data generated by Sofar and Sofar Spotters:

  1. P.B. Smit, I.A. Houghton, K.Jordanova, T. Portwooda, E.Shapiro, D. Clark, M.Sosa, T.T. Janssen. "Assimilation of significant wave height from distributed ocean wave sensors." Ocean Modelling, Volume 159, March 2021.
  2. Pieter B. Smit and Tim T. Janssen. "Swell Propagation through Submesoscale Turbulence." Journal of Physical Oceanography. vol. 49, no. 10, 2019, pp. 2615-2630. 
  3. J. J. Voermans, P. B. Smit, T. T. Janssen, A. V. Babanin. "Estimating Wind Speed and Direction Using Wave Spectra." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. vol. 125, no. 2, 2020.
  4. I.A. Houghton, P.B. Smit, D. Clark, C. Dunning, A. Fisher, N. Nidzieko, P. Chamberlain, and T.T. Janssen. "Performance statistics of a real-time Pacific Ocean weather sensor network." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 21 April 2021.

A globally connected network of metocean buoys.

Gain access to real-time observational, forecast, and hindcast data from the Sofar's globally distributed network of Spotter buoys for non-commercial and research purposes with a valid academic email address. 

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