Woods Hole Group Current Profiling Systems in the Gulf of Mexico

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Drilling rigs operating in the deep waters of the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) are required to make current profile measurements through the upper 1000 meters of the water column and to provide those profiles in near-real-time to a public database hosted by the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). The requirement applies to all rigs operating in water depths exceeding 400 meters. The measurements are used to support rig operations, inform future production platform and riser designs, and improve understanding of physical oceanographic processes in the GOM....[+]