Ocean Blog

Water Quality Buoy Working Again

March 29, 2019, 10:17 AM HST
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The PacIOOS water quality buoy located in Pelekane Bay, Hawaiʻi Island, is fully operational again.

PacIOOS’ water quality buoy at Pelekane Bay, on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. PC: James Terhune

PacIOOS co-investigator Steven Colbert from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, along with his team, fixed hardware issues caused by storm waves last month. The buoy measures physical water parameters, including water temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll and oxygen in 15-min intervals.

All data are freely available online on the PacIOOS website. Autonomous, real-time water quality measurements support monitoring efforts and provide baseline data for Pelekane Bay, which often experiences high levels of turbidity.

PacIOOS has welcomed Chip Young as the PacIOOS Operations Coordinator. This newly established position will be responsible for coordinating and managing day-to-day PacIOOS operations, providing field and technical support, collaborating with stakeholders to identify and address needs, and developing ocean observing capacity throughout the Pacific Islands region.

Chip Young. Courtesy PacIOOS

With a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and 14 years of experience as an Oceanographer with NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Ecosystem Sciences Division, Young brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and skills to PacIOOS’ operations. He has conducted local and international field research throughout the Pacific Islands, and served with a variety of interdisciplinary research teams investigating and monitoring coral reef ecosystem health and responses to global climate change, as well as coastal anthropogenic stressors. Young is interested in exploring various in-situ oceanographic sensing technologies for PacIOOS and is looking forward to connecting with regional partners and stakeholders. When not at work, you will find Young paddling his one-man outrigger canoe, surfing, or taking care of a few (hundred) chickens on the North Shore of Oʻahu.

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