Lizard Island is now a node for the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS). Solar and wind-powered sensors in the lagoon relay water and weather data continuously.
The system was installed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science in August 2010. It comprises:
The data is currently available through AIMS and soon it will be publicly available in near real-time on the internet.
The beauty of the system is that it can easily record other types of data - researchers just need to clamp appropriate sensors anywhere along the sensor strings. As well, additional moveable buoys can be incorporated into the network, allowing researchers to record environmental data or images at specific sites.
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