National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

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Goodwin Sands


Additional Information

 Wave buoy location  51°14.99' N  001° 29.00' E
 WMO code  6201018
 Approximate water depth  10 m CD
 Approximate spring tidal range  1.5 m
 Storm alert threshold  2.49 m


Wave parameters are recorded using a Datawell Directional WaveRider Mk III buoy. The buoy was first deployed on 06 June 2008, at which time the magnetic declination at the site was 1.3° west, changing by 0.14° east per year. Wave direction is reported following the nautical convention, meaning that the direction is where the waves come from, measured clockwise from magnetic north.


01/05/2024 Scheduled service
11/12/2023 Site is currently offine due to a suspected issue with the router at the shore station.
23/08/2023 The buoy has been redeployed.
05/08/2023 It is suspected that the buoy was hit by a vessel. The buoy has been recovered for repairs and will be redeployed as soon as possible.
23/06/2023 Scheduled service
22/01/2023 Scheduled service
15/06/2022 No data is being received due to a shore station computer faillure. The computer will be replaced asap. 
13/06/2022 Scheduled service
04/12/2021 The measurements provided by the buoy have become suspect. The buoy will be swapped at the earliest opportunity.
During the service on 13/06, part of the mooring was found to be tangled. This may have affected the wave period measurements.
06/09/2021 Scheduled service
27/02/2021 Scheduled service
06/09/2020 Scheduled service
24/04/2020 Scheduled service
16/09/2019 Scheduled service
20/03/2019 Scheduled service
03/08/2018 Scheduled service
12/01/2018 Scheduled service
15/08/2017 Scheduled service
16/02/2017 Scheduled service
18/01/2017 Scheduled service
18/07/2016 Scheduled service
21/01/2016   Scheduled service
13/05/2015 Scheduled service
05/12/2014 Scheduled service
29/04/2014 Scheduled service
06/12/2013 Buoy moved 500m south west of licensed position last night and appears to have settled. Will be relocated ASAP.
12/10/2013 Scheduled service
21/04/2013 Scheduled service
28/09/2012 Internet line repaired
23/09/2012 Intermittent data to website.  BT engineers called to repair line
04/07/2012 Buoy swapped for new batteries.
14/01/2012 Scheduled service
01/02/2011 Poor data quality through much of January, EMU to swap out buoy and investigate.
27/04/2010 Scheduled service
06/11/2009 Scheduled service
05/05/2009 Scheduled service
27/10/2008 Buoy adrift, collected by local boat, serviced and re-deployed.