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Noaa chesapeake bay interpretive buoy system update andrew larkin noaa chesapeake bay office

NOAA Chesapeake bay interpretive buoySystem UpdateANDREW LARKINNOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

March 2013

Noaa chesapeake bay interpretive buoy system update andrew larkin noaa chesapeake bay office

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office




  • Coastal Management

  • Blue Crab & Oyster Policy

  • Multi-species FisheriesManagement

  • Habitat Restoration

  • Fisheries Science

  • Integrated Assessments

  • Marine Debris

  • Remote Sensing

  • Coastal Observations

  • Habitat Characterization

  • Ecosystem Mapping & Modeling

  • Hands-on Student Learning

  • Teacher Training

  • Education Resources

  • Community Education

  • Outreach

  • Communications

Presentation objectives
Presentation Objectives

  • Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System

    • What does CBIBS do?

    • How can you access data from CBIBS

    • Touch on scientific uses of the buoy data

  • Learn about some other cool stuff NOAA is doing in Hampton Roads (time permitting)

Anatomy of a buoy
Anatomy of a Buoy

Presently CBIBS buoys based on the Tideland Signal SB138P, modified by AXYS Technologies as their WATCHKEEPER Buoy.

14’ tall ( ~10’ above WL) 1300 lb

400 A-h batteries 80 W solar panels

2500 lb anchor Rotomolded polyethylene

1” Mooring Chain w/2.5:1 Scope

  • Present sensors measure :

  • Wind Speed and Direction (R.M. Young 5103)

  • Air Temperature and Relative Humidity (Rotronics MP101A)

  • Barometric Pressure (Vaisala PTB101)

  • Water Quality (Temp,Salinity, Diss Oxygen, ChlA, Turbidity)‏

  • (WETLabs / Seabird WQM)

  • Current Profiles (Nortek 1 mHz AquaDopp)

  • Wave Parameters (Height, Direction, Period, etc)‏

  • AXYS TriAXIYS wave sensor

  • Data Transmission via Cellular Network

  • Flexible DCP allows addition of ANY sensors

  • “Moon Pool” wells allow access to instruments from surface

  • Planned sensors include Nitrate, Phosphate, Water Level (GPS),

  • Camera, Acoustic Fish Detection, AIS …

Buoy locations
Buoy Locations

Susquehanna River (S)

Near Havre de Grace, Maryland

39° 32.541' N, 76° 04.495' W

Buoy locations1
Buoy Locations

Patapsco River (SN)

Near Baltimore

39.15191N, 76.39115W

Buoy locations2
Buoy Locations

Annapolis (AN)

Near the Mouth of the Severn River

38.9631N, 76.4475W

Buoy locations3
Buoy Locations

Upper Potomac (UP)

Near Washington, D.C.

38° 47' 15.6" N, 77° 02' 08.34" W

Buoy locations4
Buoy Locations

Dominion Gooses Reef (GR)

Off the Mouth of the Little Choptank River

38 33.375 N, 76 24.882 W

Buoy locations5
Buoy Locations

Potomac River (PL)

Near Point Lookout

38.0330N, 76.3355W

Buoy locations6
Buoy Locations

Stingray Point (SR)

Near Deltaville, VA

37.5517 N, 76.2514 W

Buoy locations7
Buoy Locations

James River (J)

Near Jamestown

37.20417N, 76.7775W

Buoy locations8
Buoy Locations

Elizabeth River (N)

Near Norfolk

36 50'40.10" N, 75 18' 01.74" W

10 th buoy final location on mainstem
10th buoy: Final Location on Mainstem

10th CBIBS Buoy located at mouth of the Bay

Near Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Damaged by Hurricane Irene & Superstorm Sandy

Repaired & Relaunched

Buoy data important for health and safety
Buoy Data Important for Health and Safety

  • Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary use wind/water temperature data to determine safety requirements for their crews

  • National Weather Service uses buoys to calibrate and develop their marine weather forecasts

Buoy data used for public outreach
Buoy Data Used for Public Outreach

CBF ran story in Bay Daily on 8/20/2010 about Elizabeth River DO problems

Spikes in chlorophyll/algae from

Aug 6-14 coincided with observed

mahogany tides

Corresponding spikes in DO from

Aug 6-14 indicate high levels of


A few days later as algae began

to decompose DO plummeted to

unhealthy 2-3 milligrams per liter

Buoy data tracks low dissolved oxygen
Buoy Data Tracks Low Dissolved Oxygen

“Alarming ‘dead zone’ grows in the Chesapeake”

(Washington Post, July 24,2011)

“A giant underwater “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay is growing at an alarming rate because of unusually high nutrient pollution levels this year, according to Virginia and Maryland officials. They said the expanding area of oxygen-starved water is on track to become the bay’s largest ever.”

Www buoybay noaa gov

Also check out the Mobile Device Webpage at

Android and iphone applications
Android and iPhone Applications

Search for “Smart Buoys” or “NOAA Smart Buoys”

Live oyster presence
Live Oyster Presence

  • 50 grabs on shell bottom

  • 17 grabs with live oysters

  • 23 live oysters observed

Educational programming at ncbo

Community Engagement

Outreach and Environmental Science Training Center

Experiential Learning for K-12 Classrooms


NOAA InternshipsCollege and

Early Career

In-Depth Studies in High SchoolEmerging Scientist Project

Educational Programming at NCBO

NOAA @ Nauticus

Exhibits, Lecture Series, Education Resource Center

Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System

Curricula, Web-Based Investigations

Strategic Initiatives

  • Summer Camps

  • Learning through Observations

  • Collaboration

Environmental literacy b wet grant funding
Environmental Literacy & B-WET Grant Funding

  • Virginia Beach Public Schools (6th grade) & Chesapeake Bay Foundation

  • Norfolk Public Schools (4th grade) and the Elizabeth River Project