The Marine Environmental Prediction System (MEPS) in place in Lunenburg Bay is designed for the shallow (ca. 20 m) mean depths typical of many coastal embayments in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
MEPS-Bay comprises a network of instruments stationed
at various locations throughout the bay.
Three Solar-powered Ocean Monitoring Buoys Measure:
Four Pressure-Temperature (PT) Sensors Measure:
Two Land-Based Meteorological Stations at Battery Point and Cross Island Measure:
The Monitoring Buoys transmit data via wireless ethernet to the Base Station at Battery Point, instantly providing data to the forecast models. A special feature of MEPS-Bay is the combination of measurements and models of ocean waves with measurements and models of the tidal and wind-driven currents in a coastal embayment. Mean currents are not included in most numerical models of coastal circulation making the MEPS-Bay system a leader in marine observation and forecasting research.