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Spotlight: Conrad Blucher Institute

Posted: May 1, 2023
Category: Data Provider Spotlight , Featured News

GCOOS Expands Conrad Blucher Institute Data on Portal

GCOOS is expanding the data harvested from environmental data collection stations managed by the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Atmospheric and oceanographic data from the newly added stations will soon be reflected on the GCOOS ERDDAP and other data endpoints.

CBI began collecting environmental data in 1989 when it installed a water level measurement system — state of the art for its time — for the City of Corpus Christi. The insight gained through this installation laid the foundation for CBI’s research operations and information technology units to operate the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON) and today, the institute’s research operations have expanded to include the operation, maintenance, and repair of numerous environmental data collection stations along the entire Gulf Coast for federal, state, and local sponsors.

In addition to measuring water levels, CBI also collects environmental data such as wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature, water temperature, water current, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen. Automated systems perform the bulk of the data processing, making it possible to provide environmental information to end-users in near-real time for decision makers who use it to support healthy ecosystems, protect public health, increase maritime safety, inform infrastructure development and more.

With a focused history on coastal applications, CBI has played a vital role in protecting citizens and property along the Gulf Coast since it was formed in 1987.?As an inclusive geospatial science research environment, CBI utilizes cutting-edge technologies to map, measure, collect and manage data to predict the physical environment and support decision making. As a leading geospatial resource, CBI is committed to providing reliable data that informs decision making and generates innovative solutions to real-world problems.

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