Get on the water with GLOS

Posted by: GLOS_Admin July 9, 2018

We’ve got a lot of data available through GLOS, it’s up to you to decide how to use it. Researchers get plenty of support from the data portal, but what if you’re applying real-time data on or near the water? GLOS makes that easy, too.

There are two views of data particularly relevant to people out on the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Buoys allows the user to select their favorite buoy via a map or lake-by-lake listing. Clicking on the buoy number takes one to the page, which displays the various environmental observations being transmitted by each buoy. That information is followed by a National Weather Service forecast for the area in question, including any severe weather alerts. A map of the buoy and surrounding area follows, followed by information on the buoy operator. This view is optimized for mobile devices, and while it isn’t a traditional “app,” it is easy to bookmark through your phone’s browser.

The Boaters’ View adds information that will resonate with those who would like a little extra information. Choose a lake, and the map will appear pre-populated with launches and marinas. Click on any one of those and information about the location will appear. Useful items include gas or diesel availability, pump out services, and of course latitude and longitude. To the left of the screen there is the option to add buoys and even to run forecast models.

The data available through GLOS is meant to have real-world applications. Those come through tools developed by scientists and exist daily as anglers and boaters check to make sure they’re going to have a safe, productive day on the lake.