About the CBIBS Buoy System

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) is a network of observing platforms (buoys) that collect meteorological, oceanographic, and water-quality data and relay that information in near real time. The latest data from key points up and down the Bay is available at this website or via apps available for Android and iPhone/iPad. Data available at this site and on the mobile apps are "raw" and have not been scrubbed for any anomalies.

CBIBS serves a wide variety of users, including scientists, boaters, anglers, and students. Scientists use data to further protect, restore, and manage the Chesapeake Bay. Meteorologists use data from the buoys to develop marine weather forecasts. Boaters can plan a safer day by knowing the conditions on the Bay before they leave shore.Students can learn about the Bay and their environment by exploring the data.   

The first CBIBS buoy was deployed in 2007, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Captain John Smith's exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Buoys mark points along the National Park Service's Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and Star Spangled Banner Historic Trail

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