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.
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.