WHOI Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO)

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The Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a fixed, cabled observatory located in Edgartown, Massachusetts and the waters south of Martha’s Vineyard.

Commissioned in 2003, by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the MVCO has operated continuously to provide:

  • Infrastructure to support research on the coastal ocean and atmosphere, coastal ocean ecosystems, the coupled ocean and atmosphere system, and advanced sensor testing and development;
  • A reliable system of core sensors that allow continuous long term observations for climate studies, opportunistic sampling of extreme events, and a local climatology for intensive, short duration field campaigns; and
  • A means for public outreach and educational programs to access the ocean and coastal ocean research.

The MVCO includes:

  • An Air-Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) located further offshore in 17-m of water equipped with a top-side node for both air-side or underwater instrumentation;
  • A bottom-mounted subsurface node for underwater instruments located in 12 m of water approximately 1.5 km south of Edgartown Great Pond;
  • A 10-m meteorological mast at the South Beach State Park in Edgartown, MA, providing shore-side meteorological and beach observations; and
  • A shore lab located at the Katama Air Park in Edgartown, MA, that provides power and communications links to the rest of the observatory.

The MVCO is available for use by science parties within and outside of WHOI.

Citable URI:https://hdl.handle.net/1912/29048

DOI: 10.26025/1912/27650

Core data (wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature and relative humidity, water temperature and salinity, and wave data)

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  • Dataset
    Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory 2022
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2023-01-31) Cinquino, Eve ; Batchelder, Sidney ; Fredericks, Janet J. ; Sisson, John D. ; Faluotico, Stephen M. ; Popenoe, Hugh ; Sandwith, Zoe O. ; Crockford, E. Taylor ; Peacock, Emily E. ; Shalapyonok, Alexi ; Sosik, Heidi M. ; Kirincich, Anthony R. ; Edson, James B. ; Trowbridge, John H.
    Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a leading research and engineering facility operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. MVCO has been collecting ocean and atmospheric data at 3 sites on and near Martha's Vineyard since 2001. A meteorological mast (met mast) on South Beach in Edgartown, MA has collected atmospheric data since May 31 2001. An Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) has been collecting atmospheric and subsurface oceanic data since August 5, 2004. A seafloor node (12m node) has been collecting oceanic data from the seafloor since June 14, 2001. This dataset encompasses the core data (wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature and relative humidity, water temperature and salinity, and wave data) that has been collected during this period. To learn more about the facility and see additional data collected during short term deployments, visit the MVCO Website (https://mvco.whoi.edu/).
  • Dataset
    Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory 2021
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-06-24) Cinquino, Eve ; Batchelder, Sidney ; Fredericks, Janet J. ; Sisson, John D. ; Faluotico, Stephen M. ; Popenoe, Hugh ; Sandwith, Zoe O. ; Crockford, E. Taylor ; Peacock, Emily E. ; Shalapyonok, Alexi ; Sosik, Heidi M. ; Kirincich, Anthony R. ; Edson, James B. ; Trowbridge, John H.
    Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a leading research and engineering facility operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. MVCO has been collecting ocean and atmospheric data at 3 sites on and near Martha's Vineyard since 2001. A meteorological mast (met mast) on South Beach in Edgartown, MA has collected atmospheric data since May 31 2001. An Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) has been collecting atmospheric and subsurface oceanic data since August 5, 2004. A seafloor node (12m node) has been collecting oceanic data from the seafloor since June 14, 2001. This dataset encompasses the core data (wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature and relative humidity, water temperature and salinity, and wave data) that has been collected during this period. To learn more about the facility and see additional data collected during short term deployments, visit the MVCO Website (https://mvco.whoi.edu/).
  • Dataset
    Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021-10-15) Cinquino, Eve ; Batchelder, Sidney ; Fredericks, Janet J. ; Sisson, John D. ; Faluotico, Stephen M. ; Popenoe, Hugh ; Sandwith, Zoe O. ; Crockford, E. Taylor ; Peacock, Emily E. ; Shalapyonok, Alexi ; Sosik, Heidi M. ; Kirincich, Anthony R. ; Edson, James B. ; Trowbridge, John H.
    Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a leading research and engineering facility operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. MVCO has been collecting ocean and atmospheric data at 3 sites on and near Martha's Vineyard since 2001. A meteorological mast (met mast) on South Beach in Edgartown, MA has collected atmospheric data since May 31 2001. An Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) has been collecting atmospheric and subsurface oceanic data since August 5, 2004. A seafloor node (12m node) has been collecting oceanic data from the seafloor since June 14, 2001. This dataset encompasses the core data (wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature and relative humidity, water temperature and salinity, and wave data) that has been collected during this period. To learn more about the facility and see additional data collected during short term deployments, visit the MVCO Website (https://mvco.whoi.edu/).