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Waikane, Molokai, Hawaiian Islands, wave and water level data, 2018


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Rosenberger, K.J., Cheriton, O.M., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2020, Cross-reef wave and water level data from coral reef environments (ver. 2.0, March 2021): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Time series data of water surface elevation, wave height, and water column currents and temperature were acquired at seven locations for 86 days off of Waiakane on the south coast of the island of Molokai, Hawaii, in support of a study on the coastal circulation patterns and the transformation of surface waves over the coral reefs. The relative placement of sensors on the reef were as follows: MKK18C01 – offshore MKK18C02 and MKK18C09 – fore reef MKK18C18 – reef crest MKK18C20 – outer reef flat MKK18C22 – middle reef flat MKK18C22 – inner reef flat


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The continuous measurements of waves, currents, tides from these instrument deployments, provide information on nearshore circulation and the variability in these hydrodynamic properties over the coral reefs of Waiakane. These data will be used to study the transformation of waves over the reef and how this process contributes to the shoreward migration of coral reef-derived carbonate sediment.

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