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Monterey Inner Shelf Observatory (MISO)

The Monterey Inner Shelf Observatory (MISO) is a component of the Rapid Environmental Assessment Laboratory (REAL) being developed by the oceanography and meteorology departments at the Naval Postgraduate School . The REAL laboratory will encompass a range of littoral oceanography observation and modelling programs focused on littoral (coastal) oceanography. MISO has a long term cabled instrument frame deployed at the southern end of Monterey Bay in 12m of water, about 600m from the shoreline, with support instruments on the sand dunes inshore from the underwater frame. The instruments on the 12m frame are designed to study the interaction of winds, waves and the sediment bed in the inner continental shelf, just offshore from the surf zone. Surface observations of the surf zone and breaking waves are made from an automated digital camera located on the sand dune overlooking the underwater frame. By using a high bandwidth multifiber optic and power cable connected to a shore terminus, long term measurements of these importatant coastal processes can be made for use in research programs and teaching by faculty of the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School and shared with other users. Hourly summaries of the data sets are available on Wave and Tides page and Wave and Current pages.

The inner shelf observatory was designed and implemented by Assosciate Research Professor Tim Stanton and his research group, and is jointly sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School Department of Oceanography as a teaching resource and the Office of Naval Research as a component of the Coastal Processes and Physical Oceanography programs and the Shoaling Waves Experiment.

Three other observation sites have been added to REAL to monitor wave forcing and beach morphology changes in the southern end of Monterey Bay under ONR, NSF and State funded projects. Currently, directional wave, current and video observations are being made at Sand City, Fort Ord near the old Stillwell Hall site, and Marina.

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