As we come to the end of the year, the Great Lakes Observing System is looking back on meaningful accomplishments that have happened in support of the network.
- The annual meeting in October was a true expression of GLOS. We went lake-by-lake, touched base on how we can expand work with Canada, and heard from different user groups on how they are accessing data and applying it to everyday, real-world situations involving drinking water and boater safety.
- GLOS assumed operation of the Great Lakes Buoys website, and since the migration on August 1st there have been more than fifty-five thousand unique users. Look to see GLOS at boat shows and other public-facing events in the spring of 2018, sharing more information on how to access environmental observations to increase safety and enjoyment of our freshwater resources.
- A new virtual host was added to improved performance, capacity and redundancy for GLOS data assets.
- The boater’s view to the data portal has been updated to include useful information, adding value to a visit to our site. Details include fuel and ramp availability.
- GLOS received an Ocean Technology Transition grant to work with several partners on a HABS early warning system in Lake Erie.
- Data integrity was further guaranteed via an implemented suite of required QARTOD tests for incoming data.
- Our seasonal-high buoy number is around 60, and additions have included several Canadian assets.
- The data portal now includes Canadian-based land stations. (MOECC & Grand River Information Network)
- GLOS expanded Google tag categories to better understand portal usage and ascertain potential areas for development.
- Addition of HABs remote sensing (satellite) views from the Michigan Tech Research Institute to the GLOS data portal.
- GLOS supported a new project this year to improve the simulation of spill scenarios in the Huron-to-Erie corridor. Michigan Tech Research Institute will be leading the work in the new year that will have direct applications for water treatment plant operators in the region. The project team will be collaborating with the Huron-to-Erie Drinking Water Real-time Monitoring Alliance in collecting the project results.
- GLOS welcomed new board members Caitlin Gould, Jolena Presti, Aaron Fisk and Lynne Chaimowitz at the fall meeting. Dr. Jennifer Boehme took on Chair responsibilities.
- Sneha Bhadbhade joined GLOS as a data management fellow, and will work on several projects during her tenure.
2017 was a terrific year, and we thank all of our partners while we look forward to even better access and improved products in 2018. Thanks for being a part of the Great Lakes Observing System.