Today we’ll begin hearing excerpts from my interview with Craig Kohler, operations branch chief for the National Data Buoy Center. NDBC maintains a network of buoys in US coastal waters and in other places in the world, that transmit weather and climate data to satelites. We have NDBC buoys in our coastal waters including one right off the Columbia River Bar in the ocean called 46029. 

This week we’ll talk about that buoy system and why it is so valuable to mariners and scientists.

Show transcript here:

Image: NDBC data buoy 46029, located off the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy NOAA and NDBC.