GCOOS, NOAA and the University of Louisiana have started a new pilot project that will generate nitrate data in coastal and estuarine ecosystems around the northern Gulf more frequently than is currently provided.
The pilot follows on the interagency Nutrient Sensor Challenge and more recent Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge, which have helped facilitate and accelerate development and use of continuous nutrient sensors in research and management. The new Gulf pilot project will continue to assess the operational status of new nutrient sensors by integrating these tools into existing monitoring programs. GCOOS will incorporate data into the products provided to the broader community.
Technical staff from other partner agencies on the project —Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), U.S. Geological Survey in Tampa Bay (USGS), and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) — traveled to Lafayette in September to learn how to operate, calibrate and deploy continuous nitrate sensors and are now readying them for deployment.
Stay tuned for more highlights of the challenges and successes in integrating continuous nutrient monitoring data into Gulf of Mexico coastal ecosystem research and monitoring!