NOAA strives to make CBIBS data easy to access—and easy to use.
The CBIBS Data Snapshot delivers a spreadsheet of observations from the buoys. The default displays the most recent observations of all parameters from all buoys. Once at the page you can refine what information is displayed by selecting platform and parameter and setting a custom date range. Using the righthand section of the spreadsheet, you can generate quick graphs for a given buoy and parameter for the last day, week, or month.
The Data Graphing Tool page gives you what you need to create graphs of data. You can choose to create a graph of data from the past 24 hours (default) or create a custom date range. Selections for platform and parameters are made via dropdown menu. While the default x-axis value is time, if you set a custom date range, you can also choose a different parameter to chart on the x-axis.
A brief, step-by-step "how-to" document is available in pdf format to guide you through using Data Snapshot and the Data Graphing Tool.
Download Data enables you to choose time period, platform, and parameter and then to download an Excel file so you can use the data as you wish.
Parameters Measured defines and describes each of the parameters that CBIBS buoys measure. To learn more about the equipment that tracks these parameters, visit About the Buoy Technology.
CBIBS data is available in many ways--from this website, to the mobile version of the website, to the toll-free 877-BUOY-BAY (877-286-9229) phone number, and now, via smartphone applications. Apps are currently available in the Android Marketplace; and on iTunes.