Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory Buoys

Funding Support

The Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) Buoy Program is organized and maintained through the Damian C. Brady Lab at the Darling Marine Center. This program was originally established through the SEANET project with funding from an NSF EPSCoR grant. The original purpose was to build collaboration amongst researchers and to help facilitate the advancement of sustainable and ecologically minded aquaculture along the coast of Maine. This mission has continued through diverse support and industry acceptance of the LOBO buoys. This buoy program serves to capture a baseline understanding of ocean chemistry in nearshore marine environments using a suite of instruments that record parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, chlorophyll, and more.

Instruments & Parameters

A typical buoy deployment includes seven distinct instruments that measure 15 water quality and environmental parameters. 

LOBO buoy being loaded onto RV Ira C


LOBO buoy loaded into bed of pickup truck
Technician standing next to LOBO buoy ready for deployment