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Your June Update

Lakebed 2030: Infographic published, conference and webinar series are open

Lakebed 2030 organizers are getting ready for an eventful summer and fall as more people join the initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-density.
Infographic published: To make it clear just how much of the lakes are yet to be mapped (95%), GLOS worked with mapTO to create the hex map and the accompanying infographic. See the infographic.

Lakebed 2030 conference is now accepting presentation proposals:

Mapping the Great Lakes Webinar Series: This series runs through Nov. 18 and focuses on priorities for building a comprehensive, detailed bathymetric map of the Great Lakes. The next presentation will be on habitat and fisheries. Register here.
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Drifter buoy continues its journey up the Keweenaw Peninsula

The drifter buoy (center) floats alongside two marker buoys in Lake Superior. Photo by John Lenters, Michigan Tech

Last week, researchers dropped a buoy in Lake Superior without an anchor and let it drift away.

A collaboration between Michigan Tech and GLOS, this “drifter buoy” floated up the Keweenaw Peninsula while collecting data on the wind, waves, water temperature, and currents as it traveled.

Besides providing data to improve understanding of the little-studied current in this area, this experiment will also help build and test the Seagull platform’s capabilities.

The drifter’s track shows a spiral pattern and an eventual move northeast, along the peninsula. See the buoy’s track (remember to click "Historical Data").

Today, Michigan Tech’s John Lenters recovered the buoy and will re-deploy it near Copper Harbor, MI for the remainder of the season. Within the next two weeks, the buoy will appear on GL Buoys.
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Seagull platform is set for a private beta release

Over the past six months, development has ramped up on Seagull, GLOS’ new platform for Great Lakes data and information. In partnership with GLOS, teams at SpinDance, RPS Group, and Digital Industry Group (DIG) are working to finalize a private beta version.

This beta will be accessible by a limited number of users starting in early July, with plans for a public beta set for September and the official launch in spring of 2022. 

“Seagull is a game-changer for data and information in the Great Lakes,” says Tim Kearns, GLOS CIO. “It’s designed around how our users want to access Great Lakes information—quickly and effectively.”
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P.S. This week, our friends at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary did a livestream for one of their summer mapping projects. Watch the recording here to learn about how more shipwrecks are being discovered in Lake Huron.
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