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Figure 1: NWS Great

Lakes Signifcant Wave

Height Forecast Map

Image: Seaview Systems

Great Lakes Observing System and the

Great Lakes Research Center

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is one of eleven regional associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing Sys- tem (IOOS), working to enhance the ability to collect, deliver, and use ocean and Great Lakes information. GLOS is a con- sortium of academic, private and governmental bodies that provide real-time wave and water quality data at over seventy locations throughout the Great Lakes.

The Marine Engineering Lab of the Great Lakes Research

Center (GLRC), directed by Dr Guy Meadows at Michigan

Technological University in Houghton, MI, is one GLOS or- ganization providing vital wave observations using SeaView’s

SVS-603 wave sensor. “The Straits of Mackinac is a dynamic and complex location within which to make accurate wave measurements,” explained Dr Meadows.

Prior Solutions for Wave Measurement

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