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Rice Rivers Redeploys a Smart Buoy

November 6, 2016

By Virginia Commonwealth University

The newest member of the VCU Rice Rivers Center research team is standing tall in the James River, thanks to help from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew and crew. 

Topped by solar panels, the smart buoy is packed to the gills with sensors measuring a variety of atmospheric and water conditions, plus the ability to track fish. 

“It will immediately begin to generate these very large databases we use for education and research,” said Greg Garman, Ph.D., director of the center. “We can see what water quality and chemistry in real time, weather conditions in real time and what fish species of interest may be in the river in real time.”

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