Now available at the Susquehanna CBIBS buoy: nitrate levels. The first nitrate sensor in the CBIBS system was deployed on the Susquehanna buoy because the Susquehanna River provides roughly 40% of the freshwater flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrates, a form of nitrogen, exist naturally and are an important nutrient used by plants to fuel their growth.
This year the nation commemorates the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812, which saw conflict between the young United States and Great Britain that lasted through 1815. The Chesapeake Bay was a significant theater during the war, featuring efforts including Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Bay Flotilla and significant events like the Burning of Washington.
On February 28, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, which manages the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS), welcomed regional scientists and observation network experts to talk about how they currently use data from CBIBS—and how they might in the future.
Soon after the CBIBS field team got the First Landing buoy back up and running from repairs to damage from Hurricane Irene, the buoy sustained additional damage to its top structure, including the anemometer and temperature/humidity sensor. This means that the following parameters are not currently available:
Thanks to U.S. Coast Guard Baltimore, the Susquehanna CBIBS buoy was pulled from the water today for over the winter. The buoy's location as the northernmost CBIBS buoy and at the mouth of the Susquehanna River means it is in relatively fresh water that is quite susceptible to freezing.