Human Effects and Nutrient Loading
Currently, this is the 'near' real-time data coming in from LOBO - soon to be wireless LAN data coming in real-time.
Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory
is coming soon. It would be good to have a numerical dataset for this information. Students could graph this data to make comparisons and to analyze data; students can be encouraged to find patterns in the data.
Further explorations include comparisons with local watersheds, making predictions about habitat similarities and differences. Tie into watersheds (what you do, matters!). Provide ownership.
Can link this to various "Dead Zones" around the world, Hood Canal up in the northwest, and many more potential areas where human activity (nutrient loading) is having an effect. Chesapeake Bay.
Elkhorn Slough is one of 26 National Estuarine Reserves that all do their own monitoring. There is basic baseline information available from all.
SWMP (System Wide Monitoring Program).
Data from SWMP are available at the Centralized Data Management Office You have to fill out a data request form so it isn't as easy as click and print.
Extensions: types of pollution (sediment, industrial, etc.), legislation, consumer choices, student water sampling.