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Development of a Lake Michigan Observing System

The goal of this project is to establish monitoring buoys in Lake Michigan for the provision of near-real-time meteorological and water quality data. Water quality data are collected using an automated underwater profiling system that provides vertical profiles of various physical, chemical and biological properties with a high vertical resolution several times per day. These data are transmitted to a base station at the WATER Institute via cellular modem. Data are made available on through a database on the WATERBase website. Users of the data include educators, researchers, students, managers, and recreational boaters. Currently, we are developing an upgraded observation platform that will use 802.11b technology, providing a broad bandwidth for the transmission of large amounts of digital data.

System development is being carried out in collaboration with S. Ruberg and other scientists and engineers at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Support is provided by NOAA's Office of High Performance Computing and Communications.