New Data Buoy in Lake Superior

A new data buoy has been deployed in Lake Superior two miles northeast of the North Entry of the Portage Canal. The buoy was deployed by Michigan Tech University to collect data on weather, surface and subsurface water temperature, wind speed and direction, wave height and air temperature in the Great Lakes. The information will enhance Great Lakes weather forecasting, provide the latest weather information to local mariners, and help scientists study global climate change.

The buoy is part of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project involving six universities, including Michigan Tech.  Other universities participating in GLOS are the University of Michigan, theUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Ohio State University and the State University of New York.  

The GLOS universities recently received a $1.4 million one-year grant from the Great Lakes National Program Office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Michigan Tech used its share of the funds to develop and deploy the buoy. Two additional buoys are planned to be deployed by Michigan Tech next year.

 The data collected by the buoy will be transmitted to Michigan Tech and to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. It will become part of the National Data Buoy Center forecasting system, accessible by anyone via the Internet. The data is currently available on the Great Lakes Observing Center and the National Data Buoy Center web sites.  The buoy data can also be heard on NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts from the Houghton, Copper Harbor, and Marenisco Transmitters.

Click here for more information on Michigan Tech’s involvement with this project.

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