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Waves have a huge impact on Canterbury's coast and coastal waters. They may be formed by local weather conditions or by weather systems hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away. Wherever they come from, waves are the driving force behind all the changes we see from day to day on the beaches of Canterbury.
The Canterbury wave buoy is moored in about 76 metres of water, 17 kilometres east of Le Bons Bay, Banks Peninsula at Latitude 43° 45’ South, Longitude 173° 20’ East. It sends us information about the waves off the coast every half hour.
Wave direction is simply the direction that the wave arrives at the buoy from. This is expressed as degrees from north. For example, a ..
Significant wave height is an average measurement of the largest 33 % of waves. We measure it because, in many applications of wave da ..
The mean wave period is the average time (measured from a number of waves over a time period) it takes for a wave to pass a particular ..
About the wave buoy
Wave data for the Canterbury coast are collected using a Directional Waverider Buoy. A Directional Buoy is a 0.9 m diameter sphere, mo ..
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