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Seagull Users Livestream is back on tomorrow

We had a blast on the last livestream connecting with you all, hearing feedback on Seagull, and answering some questions in real-time.

We’re doing it again! 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 PM ET on YouTube | Twitter | Facebook
  • Hear about the latest update and plans for this winter
  • Ask questions and hear from other users.
(Of course, you don’t have to wait for the livestream to ask questions. Email us at or just hit the orange feedback button on Seagull.)
On YouTube

New Seagull features released, more planned for winter

We just released several highly-requested features on Seagull:
  • Customizing every parameter’s units. 
  • Accessing model layers more easily.
  • Linking each partner logo to that partner’s website. 
We’ve gotten lots of feedback via the orange feedback bar, and that’s shaping what we work on over the coming months, including:
  • Improved visualization, including for wind and adding multiple parameters to one graph.
  • More datasets and platform types like high-frequency radar, drifters, and gliders.
  • Pinning your favorite parameters so they’re always at the top. 
Try the new features

GLOS meets observing counterparts at the Integrated Ocean Observing System Fall Meeting

Katie and David from GLOS met communications counterparts from the other IOOS regions during a breakout session.
Besides GLOS, there are 10 other “regional associations” in the United States that provide high-quality information on the oceans and coasts as part of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
And the week of Nov. 7, we got to meet with our counterparts from these other regions in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
Several of our staffers got the chance to connect with other “IOOS-ians” to
  • Get reacquainted since seeing each other in early 2020.
  • Discuss shared challenges, like understanding regional data needs and building observing networks that are more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible.
  • Get an up-close look at CARICOOS, the Caribbean regional association.
GLOS and the 10 other regional associations receive funding from IOOS, which is a NOAA program.
A few highlights include:
  • Katie presented on GLOS’ experience thus far in funding and incorporating data from Tribal and Indigenous-led projects (More on those projects here, here, and here).
  • David helped lead a communications breakout session with other coms nerds (on the beach, yelling over the sound of the surf).
  • Becky met with the other operations staff and directors to discuss high-level strategy.

Seagull showcases an expanding network

This graph shows the number of platforms added since the Seagull Beta launch, including the migration of platforms from GL Buoys and other legacy apps. Seagull now displays nearly 200 connected observing platforms from over 40 organizations that want to share monitoring information with the region.

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.


P.S. Watch ice form on the lakes with CoastWatch from NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.
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