In 2011, LimnoTech worked closely with Michigan-based suppliers, academics, and the University of Michigan to develop an environmental sensing buoy platform built for the Great Lakes coastal environment. This led to the deployment of the first privately funded, real-time weather buoy in the Great Lakes, serving a nuclear power plant in Lake Michigan. Since installing the first buoy, we have continued to refine the buoy configuration, and we are now working collaboratively with several organizations, including the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, State Sea Grant programs, Great Lakes cities, and the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS). Our buoys are now deployed across the Great Lakes, and are being used to support various real-time, web-based data and Decisions Support Systems (DSSs), including the GLOS data portal.
Data from the buoys are carefully curated and shared publicly via the web, serving as a real-time tool for Great Lakes water resource managers, drinking water treatment operators, water supply operators, the Coast Guard, local law enforcement, and boaters, swimmers and fishermen in the Lakes. Recently, buoy-based monitoring has played an important role in characterizing and monitoring harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie.
LimnoTech has been a leader in environmental science for over four decades. We have expert staff who have a reputation for relentless creativity and innovation. We can develop monitoring solutions that are custom, flexible, cutting-edge, and efficient to ensure our clients’ data and information access needs are met and exceeded.
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