Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Coastal Processes

Use the LOBO buoys nearest to your projected locations to collect whatever data is available to help you understand the slough ecosystem and nitrogen cycle.

  • Examine some real-time or archived data from the LOBO buoy closest to your chosen location.
  • Use the LOBOViz Web site to collect environmental data. This data visualization page allows you to access real-time data from the Elkhorn Slough and includes a variety of variables.
Buoy—Select which buoy station you would like to view data from. At this time, only the surface buoys (SURF) have associated data.
X variable—Select which variable you would like to plot on the bottom axis of your graph.
Y variable —Select which variable you would like to plot on the side axis of your graph to compare to the X variable.
Time—Select the time range and start and end dates for your data range.
Output—Select whether you would like to view a graph (plot) or download a data file.
Other options—You should not have to change the settings for AutuoScale, Quality, or YStack.
  • Use the ISUS data visualization page to take a look at some archived data in order to get a better picture of what's going on. This data visualization page allows you to access recently-archived data from the L03 ISUS unit.

This data server can be used to plot ISUS data vs. CTD data for several variables (for example, ISUS Nitrate vs. CTD Salinity) to look for correlations among the variables.

First, choose a start date and time, and the number of days for which you would like to view data.

Then, choose the data items you would like to compare (default compares Nitrate to Salinity).

You should not have to change the settings for Wavelength, Baseline Model, Spectra Filtering, or Salinity Fit.

Finally, choose the output format that you would like (default is Time Series Plot, which should work well) and click on ‘Process’ to view data.

 

What do your results tell you about what is happening?

  • Formulate a hypothesis about what is going on. How would you further be able to test this? What other information would be useful to have? Prepare a brief reporting your conclusions, give evidence and reasons for additional research.

Next page: communicating your results


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Last updated: May. 29, 2009