Ocean observatories

Before Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas pipelines and platforms, Louisiana State University's Coastal Studies Institute forecast the storm surge scenarios via its ocean-monitoring system.LSU assembles computer models of oceanographic conditions based upon meteorological data provided by its Wave/Current/Surge Information System (WAVCIS). Soon, WAVCIS will make 3-day forecasts of various wind and wave parameters in addition to its current real-time sea-state conditions. The information is published on its web site: www.wavcis.csi.lsu.ed.Sensors are mounted on ChevronTexaco Corp.'s platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf. The instruments are above and belo...

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