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It's been a busy few months here the GLOS office. Welcoming, planning, migrating, traveling, and getting ready for this field season. 

We wanted to update you on a few things. Please enjoy and reach out with any questions (you can just hit "reply").  

In this email:
+ Lake bottoms getting less mysterious...
+ Migrating to the cloud...
+ Looking into GLOS' future...
+ Asking Congress to continue funding the IOOS program...
+ Sensors in Lake Erie have been getting calibrated...

And, yes, we're getting ready for buoys to go back into the water. 

At a calibration event in late February, we worked with Limno Tech to gather water managers from Lake Erie cities (Toledo to Poland, Ohio) to clean and adjust these "sondes" that help detect algal blooms.

Read the Blade article. 

Data from this network will be available at

Please welcome to our team...

Linden Brinks, Data Coordinator
  • Native of Grand Rapids, MI (where?)
  • GIS junkie (what?)
  • Nature technology lover
As of a few weeks ago, Linden is here to help run the Great Lakes Bottom Mapping Workgroup. They're working to:
  • Prioritize where to map
  • Create a centralized place for existing bathymetric data
  • Refresh the existing maps (some of which are >50 years old)
  • Collect not only depth, but also other benthic data.
Get emails from Linden and the GLBMW. 

To the cloud!

No longer on servers a stone's throw from our office, GLOS data now lives on the AWS cloud.

There've been a few honks along the way that we're still working out. If you're experiencing issues, reach out to

2020 Strategic plan coming soon 

Every five years, we take a close look at what we're doing and reset. 
In close collaboration with our board, we're steering where we're heading through 2025.
2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024 | 2025
We'll keep you in the loop as things are solidified, but reach out with questions or comments. 

GLOS goes to Washington

David and Kelli on the Hill. 
  • GLOS is one of 11 "regional associations" that are a part of the Integrated Ocean Observing System.
  • March is when we work to make sure IOOS is funded, so GLOS gets funded.
  • We've been in touch with dozens of offices. We saw deep support for our lakes. 

Buoys to start hitting the water in April

Our friends all over the lakes are getting ready to drop their buoys back off in the water. 

Watch at as they come online. 

And if you want to see two buoys with more personality than most, check out TwoYellowBuoys.
Show me those buoys.

P.S. Some big changes are coming to GLOS. Stay tuned. We're working on how to best take down barriers between Great Lakes people and the data that they need.

Have a Great Lakes data idea or a story about how you use the data? Reply to this email. 

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