How are incoming tides affecting surface currents, water conditions, and ecosystems in the Bay? Are weather conditions affecting air quality in San Francisco? How do human activities and seasonal patterns affect the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and Bay waters?
Collecting and archiving data over time, and fostering the skills of observation, are two goals of the gallery. Scientific instruments attached to Pier 15, on the roof, and in the water provide a picture that informs these and other questions. Live data from sensors show what’s currently happening, and a growing data archive lets us look back at short- and long-term changes, from recent weather history to seasonal phytoplankton blooms.
Wired Pier also allows us to be a research site for scientists who study the Bay. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), UC Berkeley, and the Romberg-Tiburon Center are contributing expertise and instruments to the Wired Pier and incorporating the data into their regional and national observation networks.