WATER Institute Lake Michigan Monitoring Buoy

Buoy Photograph

A pelagic monitoring buoy is moored on a triangular anchor system in 109 m of water. It is equipped for both meteorological measurements and water quality measurements (profiling surface to bottom). Data are logged on the buoy, and transmitted via cell phone back to the WATER Institute twice per day.

Location

Map marking buoy location
  • 43° 12.547' N, 87° 39.363' W
  • Maximum Depth at Location: 109 m

Buoy: Guardian Series, Model G2000

  • Total Displacement: 2750 lb. (1249 kg)
  • Air Weight: 834 lb. (379 kg)
  • Reserve Buoyancy: 1916 lb. (870 kg)
  • Total Height: 15' 6" (4.7 m)
  • Diameter: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

R.M. Young Meteorological Station

  • Wind Monitor, model 05106
  • Temperature Probe, 41342VC
  • Gill multi-plate radiation shield 41002
  • Barometric Pressure Sensor 61201
  • Electronic Compass 32500

GPS

  • Garmin GPS-36

Water Quality Sonde

  • YSI Multiprobe 6600-D
  • depth, temperature, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll fluorescence, under water irradiance (PAR)
Sonde photo Sonde sensors photo

Telemetry System

  • Cellular, CTM-2400
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