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Nearshore Observing Systems: Community Partnerships Mark Breederland NW Michigan District Sea Grant Extension April 5, 2006 Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange Conference Overview Introduction Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships Educational Opportunities Next Steps Guy A.

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Nearshore Observing Systems:Community Partnerships

Mark Breederland

NW Michigan District Sea Grant Extension

April 5, 2006

Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange Conference


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Overview

  • Introduction

  • Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Educational Opportunities

  • Next Steps


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Guy A.

Meadows, PhD.

Director

Hans VanSumeren,

Assistant Director


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Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan


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Open Water Observation Points


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Grand Traverse Bay

"Limit of Buoy VHR Transmittal"

Buoy

150’

depth


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Antenna /

Static IP


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Directional Antenna


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Buoy Details

  • Aanderaa Instruments Coastal Monitoring Buoy

  • Solar Powered

  • Wind Speed / Direction

  • Current Speed / Direction

  • Wave Height / Period

  • Water Temperature

  • Air Temperature

  • Data Transmitted by VHF in 10 Minute Intervals

  • Rooftop Antenna / Static IP Connection / Server


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Value of Data

    • Community Presentations

    • Presentation by Dr. Meadows and other speakers to about 30 people, representing about 15 non-government and governmental agencies held at Northwestern Michigan College


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Educational Community Key

    • Northwestern MI College – Great Lakes Waters Studies Institute and Great Lakes Maritime Academy

    • Inland Seas Education Association

    • Great Lakes Children’s Museum

    • High School Teachers


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Logistics

    • Land Station – Static IP connection, place to mount antenna, security of server / equipment.


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Logistics

    • Launch

      • Vessel for 1000 lb anchor


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Logistics

    • Launch


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Needs for Sustainable Community Partnerships

  • Logistics

    • Launch


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All Set!?


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All Set! – Yes

  • Greg MacMaster, a local Traverse City TV meteorologist and diver check’s out the buoy’s anchor 150 feet below the surface of the bay.

  • The anchor was custom made and donated to the project by Elmer’s of Traverse City.

  • Collaborative effort!


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Media / Oversight of Buoy

  • Media Plan – news and TV media on board on launch day

  • Press Releases after data was verified and made public in September, 2005

    • AP Story

    • Local Newspaper Picture / Story

    • University of Michigan Release / MI Sea Grant

    • Northwestern MI College Release


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Example Users of Data

  • National Weather Service

  • University Great Lakes Researchers

  • Charterboat Fishers

  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Tribal Fishers

  • Grand Traverse Yacht Club & Sailing Community

  • Recreational Boaters

  • Great Lakes Childrens Museum

  • Freshwater Teachers Institute – Northwestern MI College

  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy

  • Inland Seas Education Association


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Next Steps:Full May – Nov. 2006 Season

  • Launch late April, 2006

  • Press Release

  • Visual Monitoring / Informing Boating Community

  • Expanded Educational Opportunities

  • System Expansion??


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Next Steps:Educational Applications

  • GLOS is integral part of COSEE-Great Lakes

  • 5 year program funded by National Science Foundation


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“Smart Buoy”

  • Deployment of the buoy with the Navy, 60 n mi west of Key West, Fl for 3 weeks March – April, 2006


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…Questions??


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