Nearshore Navigators


In the Great Lakes, the area closest to shore is also one of the least understood.  This special report explores the innovations scientists use to learn more about the nearshore.

Jan. 26
Exploring below the Great Lakes’ surface
Little is known about the currents, fish or bottom of the nearshore area of the Great Lakes.Now, technology is providing researchers a window into what is one of the most productive yet least studied areas of the Lakes.

Jan. 27
Triaxus reveals Great Lakes sunken ships and data treasures
One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest members uses side-scan sonar to look at the watery depths of Lake Michigan.


Jan. 28
Remote controlled Stealth II reveals nearshore landscape
The Stealth II’s camera allows scientists to map the bottom of nearshore areas and better understand habitat types. After some more practice with the equipment, researchers will add the vehicle to their arsenal for studying the Great Lakes

Jan. 29
Lure of data prompts buoy arms race
Researchers deploy buoys in the Great Lakes to collect and transmit scientific data.

 This rover collects data in areas too shallow for boats and too dangerous for people. Photo: Tom Cons

Jan. 30
Rover carries heavy instrument load through Great Lakes surf
When the water is too shallow for a boat and too dangerous for a person, it’s time to send in a robot researcher.  When it is complete, probably sometime this spring, the robot will measure water conditions and collect samples for laboratory analysis.

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