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San Juan, Puerto Rico, wave and water level data, 2018-2019


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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. 3.0, January 2024): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Time series data of water surface elevation and wave height were acquired at ten locations for 153 days off San Juan, on the north coast of Puerto Rico, in support of a study on the transformation of surface waves and resulting water levels over the coral reefs. The relative placement of sensors on the reefs were as follows: PRI18E01, PRI18W01 – fore reef PRI18E02, PRI18W02 – reef crest PRI18E03, PRI18W03 – outer reef flat PRI18E04, PRI18W04 – middle reef flat PRI18E05, PRI18W05 – inner reef flat PRI18E06 – lagoon PRI18E07 – near-shore


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The continuous measurements of waves, currents, tides from these instrument deployments, provide information the variability in these hydrodynamic properties over the coral reefs of Puerto Rico. These data will be used to study the transformation of waves and resulting water levels over the reef.

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