Chesapeake Bay NERR in Virginia assists with hi-tech NOAA buoy launch

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July 28, 2016

Stakeholders with an interest in monitoring and preserving the health of Chesapeake Bay gathered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last week to celebrate the launch of a NOAA data buoy that will help fill a long-standing gap in the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System, or CBIBS.

CBIBS, a baywide network of 10 observation buoys that mark points along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, merges cell phone and internet technology to record and transmit a wealth of real-time data, including wind speed, water and air temperature, wave height, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and chlorophyll levels.

The recently launched buoy is now broadcasting data from its anchorage in 30 feet of water at the mouth of the York River, about 12 miles downstream from the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point. It is expected to see heavy use given its proximity to York River shipping, nearby fishing grounds, and VIMS’ long-standing network of research platforms and field sites.

Dr. Mark Luckenbach, Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Services at VIMS, said in comments during the launch ceremony that “As the state’s advisor on marine resources, we have a long history of water-quality monitoring and modeling, and the addition of this buoy into that program is going to be really important.”

Dr. William Reay, Director of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve program at VIMS, added “Today is a great example of NOAA and the Commonwealth working together to leverage resources and products. What you see here is an example of a local observing system pushing up into a regional system that is pushed into a national system.”

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