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Upper Ocean Mooring Data Repository - SMILE: Shelf Mixed Layer Experiment


The Shelf Mixed Layer Experiment (SMILE), funded by the National Science Foundation, was designed to study the response of the oceanic surface boundary layer over the continental shelf to atmospheric forcing. The experiment took place over the northern California shelf between Pt.Arena and Pt. Reyes from mid-November 1988 to mid-May 1989.


Centered at approximately 38° 40´N,   123° 30´W, on the northern California shelf.


6 months, from mid-November, 1988 to mid-May, 1989.

Mooring Specifications:

The focal point of the SMILE field program was a five element moored array of oceanographic instrumentation.


The surface mooring at the C3 was outfitted with a variety of meteorological sensors. The variables observed are listed in the table of meteorological instrumentation.
Ocean sensors deployed on the 5-member moored array are described in a table.


More detailed information and access to data files is organized by data type:
Meteorology Data
Water Velocity Data
Temperature Data
Salinity Data


  • Alessi,C. A., Lentz, S. J., and Beardsley, R. C. Shelf Mixed Layer Experiment (SMILE) Program Description and Coastal and Moored Array Data Report. Technical Report 91-39, WHOI, 1991.

Last updated: May 18, 2008