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Wave Data Recording Program

The Coastal Impacts Unit, as part of its long-term data collection program, has maintained a network of wave recording stations along Queensland’s coast since 1968. The information presented summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline.

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  • Wave Monitoring Equipment Comparison ReportPDF

    A three month field trial was undertaken at the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 16 March 2018 to 30 June 2018, deploying nine ocean monitoring devices for comparison to Datawell’s DWR-MkIII, which is often considered the industry standard,...

  • Datawell Mk4 Wave Buoy Analysis and comparisonPDF

    A comparison between the Datawell Mk4 and Mk3 Directional Waverider Buoys

  • Annual Summary 2015 - 2016PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016.

  • Annual Summary 2014-2015PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015.

  • Annual Summary 2013-2014PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014.

  • Annual Summary 2012-2013PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2013.

  • Annual Summary 2011-2012PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2011 to 31 October 2012.

  • Annual Summary 2003-2004PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2003 to 31 October 2004.

  • Annual Summary 2002-2003PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2002 to 31 October 2003.

  • Annual Summary 2001-2002 PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2001 to 31 October 2002.

  • Annual Summary 2000-2001PDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off the Queensland coastline from 1 November 2000 to 31 October 2001.

  • Abbot Point Region 1977-1996 (W06.2)PDF

    This report summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using a Datawell non-directional waverider buoy in water depths of approximately 12 metres, at offshore locations near Abbot Point in northern Queensland. Data were from 7...

  • Bowen Region 1978-1984 (W10.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 20 metres of water offshore near Bowen in central Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell "Waverider" buoy, and covers the period 14 September 1978 to...

  • Bramston Beach Region 1981-1985 (W12.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in 6 metres if water offshore near Bramston Beach in North Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell waverider buoy, and covers the period 16 December 1981 to...

  • Brisbane Region 1976-1983 (W09.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 60 metres of water offshore near Brisbane in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 30 October 1976 to...

  • Brisbane Region 1976-1994 (W09.2)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of 60 metres and greater, offshore near Brisbane in southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 30...

  • Brisbane Region 1976-1997 (W09.3)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 70 metres, offshore from Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers...

  • Burnett Heads Region 1976-1982 (W05.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 25 metres of water offshore near Burnett Heads in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 5 May 1976 to...

  • Burnett Heads Region 1976-1988 (W05.2)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 25 metres of water offshore near Burnett Heads in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 5 May 1976 to...

  • Cairns Region 1975-1978 (W01.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 18 metres of water offshore near Cairns in North Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell "Waverider" buoy and covers the period 2 May 1975 to 3...

  • Cairns Region 1975-1985 (W01.2)PDF

    This is the second report to provide summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 18 metres of water offshore near Cairns in North Queensland. Date were recorded using Datawell waverider buoy, and covers the period 2 May...

  • Cairns Region 1975-1997 (W01.3)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded using a Datawell non-directional waverider buoy in depths of approximately 15m offshore near Cairns, far north Queensland. Recorded data covers the period from...

  • Dunk Island Region 1998-2002PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 20m relative to lowest astronomical tide, 12.7km north of Dunk Island and 8km northeast of Clump Point in north Queensland. Data...

  • Gladstone Region 1979-1983 (W08.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 20 metres of water offshore near Gladstone in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell "Waverider" buoy, and covers the period 19 December...

  • Gold Coast 1987-1994 (W14.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of 12 metres offshore near the Gold Coast Seaway in southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 20...

  • Gold Coast 1987-1997 (W14.2)PDF

    This report summarises primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 12m and greater, off shore near the Gold Coast Seaway in southeast Queensland. Data were recorded using a Datawell waverider buoy, and cover...

  • Hay Point Region 1977-1987 (W13.1)PDF

    This report summarises primary analyses of raw wave data recorded in 14 metres of water offshore from Hay Point in Central Queensland. Data was recorded using Datawell waverider buoy, and covers the period 22 March 1977 to 25 May 1987.

  • Hay Point Region 1977-1996 (W13.2)PDF

    The Hay Point wave recording station was initially commissioned as part of the Half Tide tug harbour development project, for the period 22 March 1977 to 25 May 1987. It was recommissioned on 3 March 1993 as a jointly funded project...

  • Kirra 1988-1994 (W15.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of 16 metres and greater offshore from the Miles Street groyne and Kirra Point in southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider...

  • Kirra 1988-1997 (W15.2)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of 16 metres, offshore from the Miles Street groyne and Kirra Point in southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and...

  • Lucinda Region 1995-1996 (W19.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 9.7 metres relative to lowest astronomical tide, offshore from Lucinda Jetty Head in northern Queensland. Data was recorded using a...

  • Mackay (Blacks Beach) Region 1987-1988 (W21.3)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in 5 metres of water offshore near Blacks Beach in Queensland. Data was recorded using a Data well Waverider buoy, and covers the period 12 May 1987 to 6 May 1988.

  • Mackay Region 1975-1976 (W02.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 25 metres of water offshore near Mackay in Central Queensland. The data was recorded using a Datawell waverider buoy and covers the period 17 September 1975...

  • Mackay Region 1975-1985 (W02.2)PDF

    This is the second report to provide summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 25 metres of water offshore near Mackay in Central Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell 'Waverider' buoy, and covers the period 17...

  • Mackay Region 1975-1996 (W02.3)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 25 metres, offshore near Mackay, north Queensland. Data were recorded using Datawell waverider buoy and covers the period from 19...

  • Mackay (Slades Point) Region 1986-1987 (W21.2)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in 5 metres of water offshore near Mackay (Slade Point) in Central Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell 'Waverider' buoy, and covers the period 11 March...

  • Moreton Island Region 1983-1985 (W11.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in 13 metres of water offshore near Moreton Island (North East Shipping Channel) in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell 'Waverider' buoy, and...

  • Repulse Bay 1994-1995 (W16.1)PDF

    This report summarises primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 17m in Repulse Bay, off shore of Laguna Quays in north Queensland. Data were recorded using a Datawell non-directional waverider buoy, and...

  • Sunshine Coast Region 1974-1977 (W04.1)PDF

    This report summarises primary analyses of raw wave data recorded in 57 metres of water offshore near Double Island Point in Southern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell waverider buoy and covers the period 5 April 1974 to 5...

  • Townsville Region 1975-1979 (W03.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 20 metres of water offshore near Townsville in Northern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell "Waverider" buoy owned by the Townsville Harbour Board...

  • Townsville Region 1975-1987 (W03.2)PDF

    This is the second report to provide summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in 20 metres of water offshore near Townsville in North Queensland. Data was recorded using a Datawell Waverider buoy, and covers the period 19...

  • Tweed Heads Region 2008-2009 Annual SummaryPDF

    The information presented here summarises the primary analyses of wave data recorded using Datawell Waverider buoys positioned off Tweed Heads from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.

  • Tweed Region 1995-1997 (W18.1)PDF

    This report summarises primary analyses of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 25m, off shore south of the Tweed River entrance in northern New South Wales. Data were recorded using a Datawell directional waverider buoy,...

  • Weipa Region 1978-1983 (W07.1)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of raw wave data recorded in 7 metres of water offshore near Weipa in Northern Queensland. Data was recorded using a Data well Waverider buoy, owned by the Department of Harbours and...

  • Weipa Region 1978-1997 (W07.2)PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded using a Datawell non-directional waverider buoy in water depths of approximately 5 metres, offshore near Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria, far northern Queensland....

  • Weipa Region 1978-2004PDF

    This report provides summaries of primary analysis of wave data recorded in water depths of approximately 5.2m relative to lowest astronomical tide, 10km west of Evans Landing in Albatross Bay, west of Weipa. Data was recorded using a...

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