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Cobscook Bay
2018-08-21 00:00:00 EST
Battery Voltage 12.1 V
CDOM (Water Color) 2.81 QSDE
Chlorophyll a 2.02 µg/L
Conductivity 3.90 S/m
Current Direction 340.9 NNW °
Current Speed 17.5 cm/s
Dissolved O2 5.77 ml/l
Depth (Instrument) 0.950 m
Nitrate Concentration 6.2 µM
PAR(0-) 0.039 µM/m^2/sec
PAR(0+) -0.024 µM/m^2/sec
pH 7.958  
Salinity 31.94 PSU
Temperature 14.40 °C
Transmission 15.926 m-1
Turbidity 2.12 NTU
Latitude 4453.8432 ddmm.m
Longitude 6703.9427 ddmm.m

Machias Bay
2018-10-15 22:00:00 EST
Battery Voltage 12.1 V
CDOM (Water Color) 2.34 QSDE
Chlorophyll a 1.92 µg/L
Conductivity 3.76 S/m
Current Direction 75.1 ENE °
Current Speed 10.1 cm/s
Dissolved O2 5.32 ml/l
Depth (Instrument) 0.816 m
Nitrate Concentration 12.1 µM
PAR(0-) 0.039 µM/m^2/sec
PAR(0+) 8.579 µM/m^2/sec
pH 7.896  
Salinity 32.44 PSU
Temperature 12.28 °C
Transmission 3.371 m-1
Turbidity 1.98 NTU
Latitude 4437.0624 ddmm.m
Longitude 6718.9963 ddmm.m

Upper Damariscotta Estuary
2018-10-15 22:00:00 EST
Battery Voltage 11.4 V
CDOM (Water Color) 4.98 QSDE
Chlorophyll a 1.32 µg/L
Conductivity 3.68 S/m
Current Direction 223.4 SW °
Current Speed 25.9 cm/s
Dissolved O2 5.05 ml/l
Depth (Instrument) 0.659 m
Nitrate Concentration 3.5 µM
PAR(0-) 0.053 µM/m^2/sec
PAR(0+) -0.015 µM/m^2/sec
pH 7.858  
Salinity 30.51 PSU
Temperature 13.68 °C
Transmission 1.877 m-1
Turbidity 3.74 NTU
Latitude 4359.8907 ddmm.m
Longitude 6932.5516 ddmm.m

Western Passage / Passamaquoddy Bay
2018-10-15 22:00:00 EST
Battery Voltage 12.0 V
CDOM (Water Color) 22.50 QSDE
Chlorophyll a 1.16 µg/L
Conductivity 3.77 S/m
Current Direction 310.7 NW °
Current Speed 37.1 cm/s
Dissolved O2 5.18 ml/l
Depth (Instrument) 0.812 m
Nitrate Concentration 6.0 µM
PAR(0-) 0.044 µM/m^2/sec
PAR(0+) -0.035 µM/m^2/sec
pH 7.944  
Salinity 32.22 PSU
Temperature 12.59 °C
Transmission N/A m-1
Turbidity 10.19 NTU
Latitude 4455.2241 ddmm.m
Longitude 6659.7763 ddmm.m

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Maine EPSCoR SEANET Buoy Network

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a National Science Foundation program directed at states that have historically received lesser amounts of research and development (R&D) funding. Through this program, states develop partnerships between their higher education institutions, industry, government, and others to effect lasting improvements in their R&D infrastructure, capacity, and national competitiveness. Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine oversees and implements the state's NSF EPSCoR program.

SEANET was established under a five-year award (2014-2019) to help understand how we can create more sustainable coastal communities and ecosystems through a deeper understanding of how these systems interact with and influence each other. This multi-institutional, public-private partnership led by the University of Maine in collaboration with the University of New England and other institutions in Maine uses Maine's 3,500 mile coastline as a living laboratory to study physical oceanography, biophysical, biogeochemical, socio-economic, and policy interactions that have local, bioregional, national, and global implications. The project applies a new focus of looking at Maine's inshore waters as aquaculture growing areas.

Maine EPSCoR is mobilizing the collective capacity of Maine's coastal science resources to establish SEANET, a research network focused on Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEA). SEANET is taking a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of how SEA can interact with coastal communities and ecosystems. The SEANET research program uses the field of sustainability science to understand the social and environmental connections and feedback loops among SEA, and coastal communities and coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit http://umaine.edu/epscor/maine-epscor-programs/seanet/

Part of the research and education program involves developing oceanographic models of factors which control the productivity of Maine's coastal waters in three bioregions (southern, central and down east Maine), supplemented by hourly monitoring of biophysical parameters in 6 coastal regions through LOBO buoys in the more sheltered waters, and at the mouths of the bays in more exposed conditions using buoys developed at the University of Maine. During the fall of 2015 and throughout 2016, 2 LOBO and 1 U Maine buoys are deployed in the Damariscotta River estuary (upper and middle LOBO, outer U Maine) and the Saco Bay region (Saco River and Scarborough Marsh LOBO, Saco Bay U Maine). During 2017, buoys were moved to sites in Casco Bay (New Meadows River upper and middle LOBO, outer U Maine), the Bagaduce River (upper LOBO, outer U Maine), and the upper Damariscotta River estuary (LOBO). During 2018, buoys are deployed in Machias Bay (eastern LOBO and western U Maine), Cobscook Bay area (South Bay and Western Passage LOBO, Eastport shipping channel U Maine), and the upper Damariscotta River estuary (LOBO).

Historical U Maine data can be found at:
Damariscotta: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/data/gomoos/buoy/html/E05.html
Saco: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/data/gomoos/buoy/html/C05.html
Casco: Casco: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/data/gomoos/buoy/html/D03.html
Bagaduce: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/data/gomoos/buoy/html/F03.html

Each bay region will have 1 or 2 LOBO buoys, depending on accessibility, and 1 UMaine buoy for 1 year. The current UMaine buoys are located in Western Machias Bay and Eastport, and the data can be found at: Coming Soon

The SEANET buoy network is supplemented with other smaller buoys and sensors involving students, citizen monitors, fishermen and aquaculturists.

This streaming buoy data is provisional subject to calibration.

Damariscotta 1 LOBO
Damariscotta 1 LOBO in the upper Damariscotta River where there is extensive cultivation of the American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, and water depth of approximately 5 m at low tide.
Damariscotta 2 LOBO
Damariscotta 2 LOBO in the middle Damariscotta River near the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and water depth of approximately 12 m at low tide.

Configuration

Manufacturer Instrument Measurements
WET Labs C-Star Transmission
WET Labs ECO-PAR PAR (0-)
Satlantic LOBO Power distribution
Sensor control
Wireless communication
Data management
Satlantic PAR PAR (0+)
Satlantic SUNA Nitrate Concentration
Satlantic SeaFET pH
WET Labs WQM CDOM, Chlorophyll, Depth (Pressure), Dissolved Oxygen, Salinity, Temperature, Turbidity
Nortek Aquadopp Current Speed, Current Direction

43.9°N 69.5°W

Archived Data

Use LOBOviz to graph and download archived data from this LOBO node.

EPSCoR

NSF
This activity is supported by National Science Foundation award #IIA-1355457 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.