CoastWatch Great Lakes and NOAA Ocean Communications Network

Primary Investigator:

George Leshkevich - NOAA GLERL

CoastWatch Logo Objectives: CoastWatch is a nationwide National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program within which the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) functions as the Great Lakes Regional Node In this capacity, GLERL obtains, produces, and delivers environmental data and products for near real-time observation of the Great Lakes to support environmental science, decision making, and supporting research. This is achieved by providing access to near real-time and retrospective satellite observations and in-situ Great Lakes data. Clients include Federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, and the public. The goals and objectives of the CoastWatch Great Lakes Program directly support NOAA’s statutory responsibilities in estuarine and marine science, living marine resource protection, and ecosystem monitoring and management contained in several federal environmental statutes including the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).

The CoastWatch program originated within the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program (NCOP) and is designed to focus on specific regional and national priorities in the coastal environment. Among the general objectives of CoastWatch is to provide access to near real-time and retrospective satellite and aircraft observations and other products for the coastal ocean of the US for federal, state, and local decision making. The CoastWatch node at GLERL provides Federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, and the public, both within and outside of the Great Lakes region, with access to near real-time satellite observations and in-situ data for the Great Lakes. Moreover, products of interest to regional users derived from satellite imagery (such as ice type, chlorophyll, DOC, and SM concentrations, HAB identification and tracking, high resolution winds, etc.), have been and are being developed. CoastWatch data are used in a variety of ways, including near real-time observation and tracking of algal blooms, plumes, ice cover, water intake temperatures at fish hatcheries, two and three dimensional modeling of Great Lakes physical parameters such as wave height and currents, damage assessment modeling, research, and educational and recreational activities. In addition, through a cooperative project with Michigan Sea Grant, Great Lakes CoastWatch satellite-derived surface temperature imagery is contoured and made available via Michigan State Sea Grant’s web site. Great Lakes CoastWatch data and products benefit riparians as well as commercial and recreational users.

 
Sample environmental data and products produced by CoastWatch
Sea Surface Temperature SST, Synoptic (L) .png 1024 x 1024 Sea Surface Temperature SST, GeoTiff with cloud and land mask CoastWatch Great Lakes Java GIS, Bathymetry (contour lines) on SST Image
Sea Surface Temperature SST, Synoptic (L) .png (1024 x 1024)
+ Synoptic Scene AVHRR Imagery
Sea Surface Temperature SST,
GeoTiff with cloud and land mask
Bathymetry (contour lines) on Sea Surface Temperature SST Image
+ CoastWatch Java GIS
Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) Water Temperature
Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis With Ice Cover Great Lake Average GLSEA Surface Water Temperature
Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis (GLSEA) Water Temperature
+ latest image
Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis With Ice Cover
+ GLSEA movies
Great Lake Average GLSEA Surface Water Temperature
+ Statistics, e.g. average Lake Superior Surface Water Temperature

2006 Plans