Getting data from GLOS

Posted by: GLOS_Admin May 25, 2018

Summer boating time is here. While you can get data through the Great Lakes Observing System at any time of year, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a “season.” As our website hits rise we wanted to remind you of some of the different ways you can interact with material from the data sharing network.

The portal. It’s our crown jewel, the keeper of so many data sets. Want to forecast, set up a virtual buoy, look for specific networks? This is the place. Get started in the upper right hand corner. That’s where you select catalog or map view, find tutorial videos and select the unit system you prefer. You can also set up a “MyGLOS” account. That account gives you the ability to save queries, email views, create virtual buoys and more. The portal has it all. Take some time and get to know it, you won’t be disappointed.

Great Lakes Buoys. This is our workhorse, the view that presents single buoys quickly, easily and with useful information. This view has been optimized for mobile devices to make it easier to access and read on or near the water, so you get the best available data in real or near realtime. It even includes a weather update so you don’t get caught unaware.

Boaters’ View.  View the latest data for the Great Lakes including information about marinas and boat launches, conditions on the lake including water currents, waves and wind as well as more detailed data for buoys and weather stations around the lakes. It’s data with support for the practical challenges of boating.

HABs Data Viewer.  It is too early in the year for conditions to change regarding harmful algal blooms, but worth a look later in the summer. The HABs Data Viewer provides convenient access to data used to monitor conditions and to alert those making decisions regarding harmful algal blooms and water treatment. Data is supplied by sensors through the Lake Erie HABs Monitoring Network, and includes a diverse range of water quality stakeholders.

You can find other views into GLOS data on the website. We’re working to improve service all of the time, and if you have questions or suggestions we’re grateful for your input.