The Coastal Data Predictive Program (CDIPS) at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Severn Marine Technologies presented improved buoy performance through the use of ClearSignal.
Severn Marine Technologies, for the past three years, has been coating Datawell wave-measuring buoys for the CDIPS program. Several ClearSignal coated buoys were recovered after two years of continuous service and evaluated for data quality, barnacle growth, and the condition of the ClearSignal coating. The following findings were jointly presented by Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Severn Marine Technologies.
- The ClearSignal-coated buoys had virtually no biofouling after two years of continuous service. Copper-coated buoys in a similar area of operation over a similar timeframe had excessive biofouling accumulation.
- The ClearSignal-coated buoys had superior wave data as they did not suffer wave spectrum losses due to biofouling. The copper-coated buoys had significant wave data degradation.
- The ClearSignal-coating was in near perfect condition after two years of continuous service and suitable for long-term redeployment.