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Deploying a Great Lakes Buoy Observatory
Earlier this spring, we were onboard the NOAA vessel R5503 deploying an observatory buoy in a Great Lakes estuary (Muskegon Lake, Michigan; top image) with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory’s Beau Braymer and Todd Roetman (bottom-left image). Thereafter, Annis Water Resources Institute’s Tony Weinke and Katie Knapp equipped the buoy with a meteorological tower and linked underwater sensors (bottom-right image). The buoy observatory is now busy tracking in near-real-time, dynamic time-lapse changes in weather and water quality in this urbanized ecosystem undergoing restoration from a legacy of pollution, eutrophication, harmful cyanobacterial blooms and hypoxia. Who knows what secrets the data stream will reveal this year? Observatory data are available to all online at www.gvsu.edu/buoy/
Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University, Muskegon, Michigan, USA.