COSEE-TEK Participates in the Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) Workshop - 03.16.2011

As a result of her involvement with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Dr. Penny Vlahos, UConn Department of Marine Sciences began exploring the possibility of deploying her Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) based passive sensors on Basic Ocean Buoys (BOBs), an educational initiative being jointly developed by NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) and COSEE – Southeast.

Dr Vlahos and COSEE-TEK Director, Ivar Babb attended a workshop hosted by COSEE-SE, SECOORA, NOAA-IOOS and Jacksonville University to learn more about the initiative and hopefully identify pathways for greater collaboration, with a focus on the sensor technologies, including EVAs that could be mounted on BOBs. Dr Vlahos presented her research, technology development and applications of the EVA sensors.

Dr. Vlahos and COSEE-TEK are currently developing a pilot program that would integrate her EVA sensors on BOBs in Long Island Sound to provide a novel technology-based monitoring program for teachers and students to track pesticides and emerging contaminants across the Sound.

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