All sensors will be attached to the 3 EMM 2000 Buoys. In addition, the same sensors are installed on the YSI Ecomapper AUV.
The TIDAS 900 Buoy is a marine research station developed for coastal freshwater and saltwater data monitoring and designed to meet the goals put forth by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís (NOAA) Integrated Oceanic Observing System (IOOS). It also meets the requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard for non navigational buoys. Engineered for custom configuration, the 900 is factory-equipped, and field expanded, with specific data acquisition components as dictated by our program needs.
An EcoMapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is used to run missions in order to increase the spatial and temporal resolution of data collection in the nearshore area of Lake Erie. The EcoMapper AUV is a cost-effective water quality and bottom mapping tool. The use of an AUV allows for detailed high resolution mapping of the bottom floor sediments and of the water chemistry within a specified region. The AUV will be deployed pre and post storm events (or any other event that may significantly impact the nearshore environment) in order to track immediate changes in the currents, sediments and water quality parameters. In addition, the use an AUV allows for much greater and more detailed spatial sampling along the nearshore environment between buoy locations. The AUV unit can run for up to 8 hours at a speed of 2.5 knots and is equipped with a 2.4 GHz radio link when on the surface.