TRIAXYS wave sensor augments marine observing program in Australia

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS), together with its Australian representative Metocean Services International Pty Ltd, have recently supplied Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) with a TRIAXYS™ Sensor to be used as part of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

The TRIAXYS sensor is installed on the Southern Ocean Flux Station Weather Buoy (pictured right courtesy of is external)), designed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), located at -46.915; 142.217, south of Tasmania, in 4,323 metres of water.

The weather buoy was recovered in June 2011, retrofitted and upgraded to include the TRIAXYS wave sensor, and redeployed in late November, 2011. The TRIAXYS sensor gathers and sends directional wave data to IMOS via Iridium satellite telemetry. This wave data, along with other oceanographic and meteorological data, is available on the IMOS Ocean Portal website ( is external)), and is important in the development of a Southern Ocean climate record as well as for improving marine weather forecasting.

IMOS was established in 2007 under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), with initial funding of $50M and co-investment of $44M from partners. It has successfully deployed a range of observing equipment in the oceans around Australia, and is making all of the data freely and openly available through the IMOS Ocean Portal for the benefit of Australian marine and climate science as a whole. IMOS is supported by the Australian Government through the NCRIS and the Super Science Initiative.

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. It has more than 50 sites throughout Australia and the world delivering solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources.

Video footage of the buoy’s deployment / recovery is available at: is external)

MSI was formed in 2003 to provide meteorological and oceanographic services globally. It has a management team with over 40 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and has conducted operations in over 30 different countries. MSI keeps offices in South Africa and Australia.

AXYS Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and maintains remote environmental data acquisition, processing and telemetry systems. For further information contact AXYS at sends e-mail) or visit

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