Buoys hold sensors that are our real-time eyes on the water. The data they transmit can improve weather forecasts, provide real-time information on current sea conditions and increase accuracy for storm track and storm surge inundation models.
The Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) classroom activity teaches you how to make your own buoy!
Build Your Own Buoy
Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) is a floating platform with capacity to carry a suite of environmental sensors. BOBs can be moored to the ocean bottom in sheltered places with very small waves or to a dock in quiet waters. The materials are based on concepts developed by Doug Levin, Ph.D.
Precollege to undergraduate students can design, build and deploy buoys that host data collection, storage, and transmission capabilities.
The target cost for a BOB is $1500, inclusive of the buoy structure, sensor(s), data storage, and transmission.
Sensors determine the parameters collected by BOB and may include meteorological parameters, such as wind speed and conductivity/salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, chlorophyll A, and turbidity.
- Sensor Suggestions (Developed in 2010)
- Building Buoys for Observing and STEM Education (August 17, 2009 MTS-IEEE Oceans Conference Proceedings)
- Build-A-Buoy Activity for Kindergarteners
- Guide to the Elementary Basic Observation Buoy
SECOORA has supported three workshops to promote and extend coastal ocean observing information, technology and societal benefits using a scaled down, but operational, “Basic Observation Buoy (BOB).”
BOB III Workshop
- Final agenda and participant list
- Lisa Adams – BOB in Action and SECOORA’s Vision for BOB
- John Black and Joe Kelley – Vegetative Cover Survey of SC Former Tidal Rice Fields
- Dan Dickerson – Project SEARCH
- Doug Levin – Build-a-Buoy
- Penny Vlahos – Applying Passive samplers to coastal observing networks and BOBs and accompanying article in press
- Pat Welsh – Updating the UNF Low-cost Water Quality Buoy
- Quint White – Use of BOBs in Partnership with High School Faculty and Students
BOB II Workshop
BOB I Workshop