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As technology evolves, so does CBIBS! We are implementing changes to the equipment we use to track water-quality parameters at the buoys. 

Several species that rely on Bay habitat may be enjoying a bit of a boost, thanks to this spring’s below-average to average water temperatures, occasional freshwater flow thanks to rainstorms, and—in some areas—slightly higher-than-average salinities at the end of May.

As water temperatures warm through the 70s and toward the 80s, summer boating season is in full swing here in the Chesapeake Bay. Seven CBIBS buoys are in the water and reporting meteorological and other data:

Scientists use data from CBIBS buoys, NOAA satellites, and other sources to monitor conditions in the Chesapeake Bay, and to analyze how they may differ from average.

***UPDATE as of 4/28/22: The Jamestown location is now reporting meteorological and current conditions. Water-quality data will come after June 1 when a new sensor is deployed.***

Data from NOAA buoys and satellites and other data sources on conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during fall 2021 give scientists insight into how living resources, including key fish species, may respond.

With the coldest months of the year just ahead, CBIBS team is laying out their plans for buoy operations over the winter. This year, we plan to keep five buoys in the water through the winter:

The remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the Chesapeake Bay watershed on September 1, bringing record rainfall amounts and even tornadoes to parts of the mid-Atlantic.

As of early August, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) has six buoys deployed and reporting data in near-real-time. These buoys are located at: