Environmental Monitoring

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LOBO buoy at the mouth of the Damariscotta River

SEANET Buoy Data

These bright yellow buoys were located at various points throughout the Maine coast, collecting data seasonally from 2015-2022.

2015-2016: Data from the large buoy at the mouth of the Damariscotta River
2015-2022: Data from the LOBO buoys in the Damariscotta River.

New buoy systems will be up and running, collecting real time data by Spring 2024.

Maine Coastal Observing Alliance
The Maine Coastal Observing Alliance (MCOA) is a consortium of local citizen groups sharing resources and expertise to gain a regional perspective of estuarine water quality. In its first sampling season – late summer and fall of 2014 – MCOA monitored several indicators of estuarine health, including pH, Secchi depth (a measure of transparency), dissolved oxygen and total nitrogen. The results of this initial effort are compiled in this Estuarine Monitoring Program Summary Report 2014. Kathleen Thornton, Larry Mayer, Jeff Runge and Lili Pugh of the DMC served as advisors to the group.

Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance
The Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA) is a group of field stations along the Gulf of Maine from Southern New England to Nova Scotia, Canada. NeCSA is works to integrate research, education and outreach efforts among member organizations to to raise awareness of the climate-change impacts affecting both fundamental ecosystem processes and coastal communities.

Calling All DMC Environmental Scientists

Have you collected data at the DMC that provides information on environmental variation and change in the terrestrial or coastal marine environment? If so, we’d like to include you in our developing metadatabase of marine and environmental data relevant to the Darling Marine Center. Please send a brief description of your dataset to dmc@maine.edu. Thank you.