On August 12, 50 people gathered at the north end of the Straits of Mackinac to commission the Great Lakes’ first high-frequency radar (HFR) installation.
Many years in the making, HFR monitors surface currents in real-time and can allow people to:
Locate people or pets during search and rescue operations.
Monitor movements of hazardous spills or harmful algal blooms.
Understand how water moves through this complex, busy waterway.
Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center (MTU GLRC) recently completed the installation of the HFR to cover the west side of Mackinac Bridge, thanks to funding from GLOS and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
The GLRC has maintained and operated the radar since 2020, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes.
The event, called Safety in the Straits, was hosted by GLOS and MTU and featured speakers including congresspeople and their staffers, MTU leadership, a member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, and NOAA, Integrated Ocean Observing System, and GLOS leadership.
The data is now live and public via UGLOS and will soon be available on Seagull.