How do we collect data miles out to sea?

Friday, March 15, 2013 by Gayle Bodge

Have you ever been for a dip in the Gulf of Maine in July? If so, I bet you'd find it hard to believe that the Gulf of Maine waters have been getting warmer. Although a few degrees on a hot July day may not feel like much to us, it does to many of the species living here.

So how do we know the Gulf of Maine is getting warmer? Scientists have placed buoys in the water with measuring tools attached to them. This enables us to gather data such as water temperature, wave height, and wind speed on an hourly basis miles out to sea. Check out the data for yourself!

Choose a buoy location, data type, and time span to look at.

Who do you think would find this data useful?

How do you think this data will help us to make predictions about the Gulf of Maine in the future?

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