Excerpt from the Portland Press Herald,

On Thursday, environmental scientists in the area and around the world began to gain a much better understanding of how Great Pond works.

The improvement will come with the deployment of a high-tech, $20,000 buoy, the first of its kind in Maine, in the pond, armed with sensors that will begin sending a continuous data stream describing real-time lake conditions to a global network of scientists.

“It’s really about this long-term monitoring and being able to predict when something may happen,” Denise Bruesewitz, professor of environmental studies at Colby College, said.

From a monitoring computer, Bruesewitz said, she will receive readings on temperature, oxygen levels, phytoplankton activity and light levels every 15 minutes.  Read the full story.

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/buoy-could-offer-early-eco-warnings_2013-04-25.html