U-GLOS Station 004 was first deployed in Little Traverse Bay on July 30, 2009. This represents the first buoy of a series manufactured by S-2 Yachts in partnership with the University of Michigan's Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories. This buoy also marks a first with a unique cooperative formed for the buoy's maintenance and care. The communities of Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Bay Harbor have collaborated to create a support organization that will be responsible for the deployment/retrieval and small maintenance of this buoy.
Although the buoy was funded by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), this local cooperative has made it possible to annually deploy the buoy. The MHL would like to thank Irish Boat Shop, Walstrom Marine, Bay Harbor Lake Marina, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Little Traverse Yacht Club and the Cities of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Charlevoix for contributing. The buoy measures wind speed and direction, air and surface water temperature, barometric pressure, solar radiation, and wave height, period and direction.
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Pictures of the Water Buoy going into Little Traverse Bay