The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will launch its last Chesapeake Bay “smart buoy” next week off First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.
The First Landing smart buoy is one of 10 buoys in NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS). The network of buoys provides boaters and scientists with real-time weather and water data such as temperature, wind speed and dissolved oxygen levels. Teachers can also use the data to support their classroom lessons.
Other smart buoys are located in the Susquehanna, Patapsco, Potomac and James rivers, as well as at several sites in the main Bay.
For more information about CBIBS and the Chesapeake Bay smart buoys, visit buoybay.noaa.gov.