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Your July Update

Please Welcome Shelby to the Great Lakes Observing System team!

This month we're excited to announce that Shelby Brunner joined the GLOS staff as Observing Technology Manager.

Prior to joining GLOS, she spent time at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, NOAA, and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR).

She will work to improve the existing observing system by interfacing directly with data providers and partners to sustain and augment in-water hardware such as buoys, gliders, and other data collection platforms.

Say hi! Email her at

Read Shelby's Bio

New buoys hit the water and go live!

Did you spot the new buoys that recently joined the Great Lakes Observing System? Check them out on the GLOS app GL Buoys:

SPOT-0583 - Grand Portal | Lake Superior
SPOT-0592 - Stannard Rock | Lake Superior
SPOT-0573 - near Gay, Michigan | Lake Superior
SPOT-0648 - Ludington | Lake Michigan

The buoys are operated by Michigan Tech. University (MTU) Great Lakes Research Center and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). Special thanks to John Lenters from MTU and Russ Miller from CIGLR and their teams for deploying these buoys and sharing the data via GLOS.

These relatively inexpensive, basketball-sized Spotter buoys are built by Sofar Ocean, a marine technology company. 

For more of the story behind them, read this from Michigan Tech.

Please also note that Buoy ESF1 in Lake Ontario near Oswego, NY was renamed to 45189 this year.

Want to join the system? Email to get started. 

Learn more about sharing data

Smart Sensors for Smart Great Lakes [video]

Tim Kearns, GLOS CIO, discusses how smart sensors, when part of an ecosystem of monitoring technologies, can help us understand algal blooms and the entire watershed. 

Innovation like this is a core piece of Smart Great Lakes, which exists to advance technology applications that improve our understanding, management, and use of the Great Lakes.

Filmed August 2019

Watch the video

Request for Information (and Influence) is closed. What's next?

Thank you to all who contributed to the GLOS Request for Information (and Influence) last month.

Your input is critical as we work to understand the needs of this region and plan projects and priorities for the future, including for the Integrated Ocean Observing System 2021-2026 Proposal and the Smart Great Lakes Initiative’s Common Strategy document.

The formal submission window has closed. However, if you are still interested in contributing, please email us at

Learn more

P.S. Curious about why water gets cold close to shore when the rest of the lake is warm? Our partners at Indiana-Illinois Sea Grant created a fantastic infographic to explain. See it here
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