Elkhorn Slough Nitrogen Case Study – Determining Buoy Location
You have been asked to study the possible effects that human activities may have on the Elkhorn Slough. Your resources include four buoys that you can attach a variety of sensors to in order to collect in situ data. There are already buoys monitoring Monterey Bay that you can access to use in your data collection.
Where will you put your buoys and why?
- Identify possible sources of point- and non-point-source pollution in this watershed. Check out the EPA Enviromapper for pollution sources in the area.
- Examine these maps of the watershed in order to get a bigger picture of the area that influences the slough.
Determine at which locations you would like to put your buoys.
MBARI scientists are currently monitoring the Elkhorn Slough using the Land-Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) network, which consists of robust moorings that can withstand tidal currents and weather. Click here to see more information on the LOBO moorings that have been simultaneously deployed and maintained in Elkhorn Slough, California, since November 2003.