Most of the region’s buoys are now out of the water for the year.
2022 was one of the observing network’s biggest years yet, with hundreds of observing platforms deployed and nearly 200 reporting to the public via Seagull.
A growing number of diverse observing platforms reported data to Seagull including:
Watershed, meteorological, nutrient, and water quality stations.
Shore-based and in-lake moorings collecting year-round data in delayed mode and near-real time.
Buoys, including some low-cost and open-source buoys communicating data via cellular, satellite, or LoRaWAN protocols.
GLOS is working to connect data from more observing platforms like drifters, uncrewed systems, and the two high-frequency radar antennae in the Straits of Mackinac that collect surface current data in real-time.
As more stations came online this year, people showed up, eager to use the data, whether for research, recreation, or education.
Overall, Seagull saw over 100,000 visitors to the site, and over 1,000 people created accounts, letting them customize alerts, units, and more.
For each platform they connected, partners served hundreds and sometimes thousands of people throughout the summer and fall.