TASCAM

Real-time water quality data from Tasman Bay, Nelson

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Check out CawthronEye –  a web tool we have developed to display recent satellite images, along with historical sea temperature information from around New Zealand.

 

What is TASCAM?

TASCAM is a hi-tech coastal monitoring buoy used to remotely collect physical and biological data on the water quality of Tasman Bay, New Zealand.

The TASCAM coastal monitoring platform was the first buoy in New Zealand waters to use inductive instrument technology. This hi-tech buoy was developed in collaboration with the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).TASCAM stands for the Tasman Bay Cawthron and MBARI mooring.

What does it do?

TASCAM records long-term information on simple but significant parameters like temperature, salinity, turbidity (sediment) and chlorophyll – all indicators of the quality and productivity of our coastal waters.

Who uses the data?

The aim of TASCAM is to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders. It provides information on the local marine environment not only for researchers and local councils, but also day-to-day end users such as marine farmers and recreational fishers.

What is TASCAM for?

Located in western Tasman Bay, TASCAM is situated to build on the wealth of knowledge gained during the multi-year Integrated Catchment Management research programme for the Motueka river catchment. However, the long-term intention is that TASCAM, and others bouys like it, will form a nationwide network that provides integrated information on New Zealand's waters.

How often is data updated?

Data is downloaded on an hourly basis at the top of the hour. Plots are generated automatically and uploaded to the site at 15 and 20 minutes past the hour.

 

Check out CawthronEye –  a web tool we have developed to display recent satellite images, along with historical sea temperature information from around New Zealand.

 

Requests for raw data and/or data interpretation should be directed to Paul Barter or Chris Cornelisen.

 

 

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