Upper Great Lakes Observing System (UGLOS)

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Upper Great Lakes Observing System (UGLOS) - Marine Engineering Laboratory at GLRC
Most Recent Observations
Station ID Lake Location Owner Timestamp
45022MI Little Traverse Bay Local10/09/2014 16:208.411.5W49.18358.44.63.7Up
45024MI Ludington UM-CILER10/25/2014 04:101.64.4ESE56.9053.30.00.0Up
45029MI Port Sheldon LimnoTech10/22/2014 11:502.53.7E45.26856.20.71.8Up
45026MI Bridgman LimnoTech10/10/2014 09:204.05.2ESE46.87159.40.91.6Up
45165ER Oregon LimnoTech11/26/2014 13:300.00.00.0032.00.00.0Up
45168MI South Haven LimnoTech10/10/2014 13:302.84.2NW52.16059.70.91.6Up
45023SUP North Entry MTU-GLRC11/03/2014 13:001.01.6W48.45647.01.33.6Up
45025SUP South Entry MTU-GLRC10/04/2014 20:003.74.941.888---0.00.0Up
45002MI North Michigan NOAA-NDBC12/09/2014 06:5013.015.0NNW34.3041.24.30.0Up
45007MI South Michigan NOAA-NDBC11/02/2014 01:501.02.0NNE39.6046.91.60.0Up
GLRCMETINL Houghton MTU-GLRC---------------------------Down
UMBIOINL Douglas Lake UM-CILER10/30/2014 10:100.00.0ESE147.311546.80.00.0Up
45020 ---------------------------Down
45021 NMC---------------------------Down
45161MI Muskegon GLERL08/19/2014 06:

The Upper – Great Lakes Observing System (UGLOS) is a unique public – private partnership between Michigan Universities, private sector entities' and First Nations to provide coastal observations throughout the harsh and expansive Upper Great Lakes. The new Great Lakes Research Center of Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech), on the deep water Keweenaw Waterway connecting Western and Central Lake Superior now leads the UGLOS effort. The partner entities include Michigan Tech, the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), the University of Michigan, Northwestern Michigan College, LimnoTech Inc. and, potentially, others in the future. Private Sector entities include coastal municipalities whose economy depends upon up to date and accurate meteorological and oceanographic information, municipal drinking water intakes, private coastal and water quality consulting firms, Nuclear Power generation facilities, commercial boating interests, Native Communities and Government agencies (NOAA, United States Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Data Buoy Center and the National Park Service to name a few).

This network of observing stations continues to grow annually, due primarily to increased public and commercial interests. The original, Coastal Monitoring Buoy (CMB) technology was developed by the Ocean Engineering Laboratory (OEL) of the University of Michigan (now part of Michigan Tech) and was transferred to a Michigan yacht building company, S2 Yachts of Holland, Michigan. S2 has produced and improved upon, the original University design and now produces a rouged, robust and affordable coastal monitoring buoy that meets all new IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) standards for directional wave sensing, the TIDAS 900.

The UGLOS network presently consists of five CMBs in Lake Michigan, one at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station (supported by NSF) and two buoys in Lake Superior (with a third being added later this year). All eight of these CMBs report all meteorological and oceanographic parameters to a this web site (uglos.mtu.edu) as well as to NDBC and the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) every 10 minutes throughout the navigation season. Ten minute reporting is required within the coastal regions of the Great Lakes due to the extremely rapid changes, which occur in these waters.

Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, MI, 49931
Page last modified: June 25, 2014