The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System has "interpretive" in its name because buoys mark points along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. You can learn geographic, historical, and seasonal information about those locations on individual buoys' pages on the "Information" tabs.
We also use "interpret" in another sense, too: We use the data from the buoys to explore what different observations may mean for the Chesapeake Bay and the species who live here.
NOAA scientists explore the data to identify whether the water temperature is trending warmer than average, or if dissolved oxygen levels are higher than usual. This then affects many of the fish and other species who live in the Bay. This information is shared in seasonal summaries. Other scientists download data to incorporate information about the Bay into their analyses of the health of the Chesapeake. You can download data from an entire year or create custom graphs to explore as you wish, too!
Educators and students can learn a lot from analyzing data from CBIBS buoys and other observing platforms. Learn more about how you can use CBIBS data in your studies or in your classroom.