Alaska Region

Photo of a vessel with people deploying a yellow cylindrical current meter

NOAA staff deploy a current meter off the Homer Spit.

This month (June 2012) the NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (also known as our “tides and currents” office) is deploying 10 current meters in Cook Inlet to collect data on currents.

The current meters will be in place for 2 months and will be recovered in August.  The current meter deployments are part of a partnership project between NOAA and the Alaska Energy Authority to quantify the tidal energy potential in Cook Inlet.  This partnership was started by the renewable energy proposal to AEA developed by the City of Homer, CO-OPS, NCCOS Kasitsna Bay Lab, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and private industry.

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