WAVY Drifters

MELOA offers a solution to extend and improve the current in situ ocean observing and monitoring systems, in the form of WAVY drifter’s devices. The low-cost, sturdy and multi-purpose surface drifters are a new generation of sustainable platforms, easy to embed in different types of marine observation systems.


Main attributes:

Small sized, making the WAVY very easy-to-handle

 Optimized buoyancy, reducing the WAVY vulnerability to direct wind effect

 Minimized pendular motion, facilitating the WAVY position detection



The WAVY family:

The WAVY family will range from small drifters suitable for beach and surf zone studies, to somewhat larger drifters tailored for coastal and long-term open ocean observations.

The drifters are currently under assessment and development, as such they are subject to further evolution.


WAVY Version             

Main Features                                                                                                                                                                                                 

WAVY Basic  

GNSS, GPRS, 1 thermistor

WAVY Littoral


WAVY Ocean

GNSS, adjustable ballast module, 2 thermistors (near sea-surface temperatures), satellite communications, IMU, solar panels

WAVY Ocean-plus


GNSS, adjustable ballast module, 2 thermistors (near surface sea-temperatures), satellite communications, IMU,

 solar panels and wave energy harvesting

WAVY Ocean-Atmo

Equatorial floating (wind exposure), GNSS, adjustable ballast module,  4 thermistors (near surface sea and air

temperatures), atmospheric pressure, satellite communications, IMU, solar panels and wave energy harvesting 

Stay tuned for more!

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