Boaters' Forecast

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The Boaters' Forecast Tool provides recreational boaters information on water currents and depth to help them have a better boating day. The easy to use, web-based format was customized to address information needs specific to boaters in the Great Lakes, including information on marina and boat launch locations.


The tool was developed in partnership with New York Sea Grant, and the NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).  GLOS held a series of meetings and webinars for Great Lakes boaters to determine the data needs of the boating community. GLOS used this information to support and enhance the hydrodynamic modeling efforts of the Great Lakes already underway by researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (CILER) and NOAA GLERL. The Boaters' Forecast Tool, allows boaters to access NOAA’s modeling output along with real-time data and other information of interest to harbor communities.

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