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Your August Update

We’re happy to say that as we enter the dog days of summer, your observing system is expanding, and so is the generous community of people dedicated to putting lake information in the hands of observers—from Duluth to Kingston, and beyond.

In this email: 

  • Be inspired by five projects from Smart Great Lakes Initiative partners. 

  • Check out the buoys and other platforms that just started sending data to GLOS

  • Read up on the projects funded through GLOS mini-grants.

What is “smart?” Five projects from Smart Great Lakes Initiative partners

Read more about the DataStream and Water Rangers project here. Photo by Lindsay Day

When it comes to Smart Great Lakes, one of the core questions is: What does “smart” mean?

To help answer this and inspire our imagination, Smart Great Lakes Initiative partners are writing about their current and future projects that illustrate what it means to be smart.

Here are five:

Towards Consideration for an Indigenous-directed Sister Smart Great Lakes Initiative (I-SGLi) 

DataStream and Water Rangers Team up in the Great Lakes

Pathway to Collaborative Monitoring 

Consortium of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in the Great Lakes

The “Smart Citizen Science Initiative” Engages the Lake Erie Basin Community

Later this month, the Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes will be made available for public comment. The document charts a course for innovation in science, technology, data, information, policy and management.

Read the stories

Over 25 observing platforms join the network

Recently, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant deployed the Chicago Pier Buoy 45198. Now it’s part of the Two Yellow Buoys family. Photo by Ben Szczygiel, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

This season has seen many platforms (buoys and shore-based stations) added to the monitoring network, sending data to GLOS.

Generous platform owners share their data through GLOS so the whole region can benefit. It makes life better for all of us and directly serves a community of over 230,000 researchers, boaters, water treatment professionals, and other lake lovers.

Here are the platforms new since June (not all are sending data yet):

Buoys (* means not deployed yet)

BARK_PT | Lake Superior | Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth

RDC_NSF | Lake Superior | Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth

NCWB | Lake Winnebago | Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MBB | Lake Superior | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

*SturgeonBay | Lake Michigan | Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

*Algoma | Lake Michigan | Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

*NicoletBay | Lake Michigan | Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

*Neenah | Lake Michigan | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

45196 | Lake Erie | Cleveland Water

45197 | Lake Erie | Cleveland Water

WALNUT | Lake Erie | Regional Science Consortium

BEACH2 | Lake Erie | Regional Science Consortium

BEACH6 | Lake Erie | Regional Science Consortium

45198 | Lake Michigan | Illinois Indiana Sea Grant

45195 (Wave Buoy) | Lake Champlain | NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL)

SPOT-1413 | Lake Erie | NOAA GLERL

*SPOT-1412 | Lake Michigan | NOAA Sanctuaries

*SPOT-1415 | Lake Michigan | NOAA Sanctuaries

*SPOT-1416 | Lake Michigan | NOAA Sanctuaries

SPOT-1384 | Lake Michigan | Michigan Tech.

SPOT-1179 | Lake Superior | Michigan Tech.

SPOT-1041 | Lake Superior | Michigan Tech.

SPOT-1980 | Lake Superior | Michigan Tech.

Towers

TREC | Lake Erie | Regional Science Consortium

BEACH2_T | Lake Erie | Regional Science Consortium
 

Want to send data to GLOS? Fill out this form or contact us at support@glos.org.

See live data on GL Buoys

Get to know the Mini-Grant projects

Last year, GLOS released a call for mini-grant proposals in support of the Smart Great Lakes Initiative: diverse projects that aligned with the goal of applying technology to improve our understanding, use, conservation, and management of the Great Lakes.

Summaries of all supported projects have just been published on glos.org.

Follow along this year as we report on the progress of each and see data live on GL Buoys and, soon, on Seagull.
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