LOBO Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory

The ultimate answer to the need for automated, robust and accurate water quality measurements, particularly in sensitive and diverse ecological areas such as estuaries and inland waters.
LOBO (Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory) is a complete turn-key water quality monitoring system that addresses the need for routine, robust and accurate water quality measurements, particularly in sensitive and diverse ecological areas such as estuaries and inland waters. Developed by Satlantic in collaboration with MBARI, the Sea-Bird Coastal LOBO is designed to create a real time sensor network for aquatic systems.
 
LOBO comes complete with instrument frame, optional floating platform, power and wireless telemetry system, integrated sensor suite, automated processing software and web based data visualization/display software.
 
Parameters measured by the LOBO include: 
  • Physical: temperature, depth, salinity (optional), current profiler (optional) and turbidity.
  • Chemical: chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM), nitrate, and dissolved oxygen.
  • Biological: chlorophyll fluorescence with options for additional ancillary pigments.
System Features:
  • Easy to install and operate for both rapid and long term deployments.
  • LOBOviz software package for real-time and archived data viewing through a simple web based interface.
  • Highly robust, accurate and stable sensor packages with fully integrated and proven anti-biofouling systems.
  • Floating platform available in shallow (RiverLOBO) and deep water (BayLOBO) configurations.
  • Platforms also available for attaching to fixed structures (DockLOBO) or placing directly on the bottom (BenthicLOBO).
Talk to us about your applications to find out how this innovative system can meet your most demanding monitoring requirements.

 

LOBO PLATFORM SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications Bay LOBO River LOBO Dock LOBO Bentic LOBO
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Weight (air) (kg) 84 68 45 91
Reserve Buoyancy (kg) 168 59 -25 -70
Height (m) 3.3 1.7 0.3 0.9
Length (m) 0.9 (diameter) 1.4 1.2 1.2
Width (m) 0.9 (diameter) 0.5 0.5 0.5
Draft (typical) (m) 1.4 0.3 0.5 0.9
Mast Height (m) 1.9 1.4 N/A N/A
Deployment Depth (typical) (m) 5-40 1-20 1-50 1-200
Wave Conditions 2 1 N/A N/A
Current Conditions (typical max) (m/s) 1 1.5 N/A N/A
Duration (typical) 51Ah battery, hourly 5-6 weeks 5-6 weeks 5-6 weeks Shore Power
Anchor Weight (typical) 270 180 N/A N/A
Typical Deployment Environment Protected coastal waters Rivers and estuaries Docks and pilings On bottom with 500m of shore
Anti-Biofouling Systems Bleach injection EPA Approved TBT Cartridge (optional)

Specifications fully configured with Sea-Bird Coastal Nitrate Sensor, WQM, and ECO CDS and 51Ah Battery Pack and Nortek Aquadopp. Specifications subject to change without notice.

LOBO Standard Instrument Specifications

Temperature Pressure
Instrument Manufacturer Parameter Range Accuracy Resolution
SUNA V2 Sea-Bird Scientific Nitrate 0 µM (0-56 mg/L N .03 mg/l) or 10% of 0.05 µ M (0.7 µ g/l)
WQM Sea-Bird Scientific Chlorophyll 0.02-50 µg/l 0.02 µ g/l 0.04% FS
Turbidity 0-25 NTU 0.1 NTU 0.04% FS
Conductivity 0-9 S/m 0.003 S/m 0.001 S/m
-5-35 C 0.002 C 0.001 C
Dissolved 0-200% 0.2 mg/l 0.02 mg/l
0-20 m 0.1% FS 0.04% FS
ECO CDOM Sea-Bird Scientific CDOM Fluorescence 0-120 QSU 0.05 QSU 0.05 QSU
Aquadopp Nortek Velocity profile 0-10 m/s 0.5 cm/s or 1% of reading 0.1 cm/s
HydroCycle-PO4 Sea-Bird Scientific Phosphate 0 – 0.3 mg/L PO4-P 0.0015 mg/L PO4-P Sensitivity is dependent on PO4
* Other instruments and sensors ranges are available upon request

Specifications may change without notice. October 2014. Copyright © 2017, Sea-Bird Scientific

LOBOviz is a web based data management and visualization package for LOBO buoy systems. This real-time power gives system users rapid and easy access to the LOBO network to help make informed decisions.

  • Access, view and plot data in real time
  • Compare multiple sensors in time series
  • Compare data from multiple sites simultaneously
  • Display up to the minute values
  • View in Google Earth and mobile devices
  • Monitor sensor health and battery reserve
  • Configure QA/QC alert thresholds with email notification

Check out these LOBOviz servers in action and view real time LOBO data now:

Satlantic STORXCom software makes it easy to manage your STOR-X data logger or LOBO observing system. Connect the logger to your computer via the supplied USB programming cable to enjoy these features:

  • High speed offload of logged data files
  • Point-and-click schedule creation and upload
  • Review and modify STOR-X operational settings
  • Configure GSM modem settings

STORXCom can be used with any STOR-X data logger having a serial number greater than 0130. To upgrade your older STOR-X to be compatible with STORXCom software, please contact Customer Support to arrange a return for standard servicing and checkup, which includes the required device upgrades.

Download STORXCom 1.2.3

Released September 13, 2013

STORXCom can be used with any STOR-X data logger having a serial number greater than 0130. To upgrade your older STOR-X to be compatible with STORXCom software, please contact Customer Support to arrange a return for standard servicing and checkup, which includes the required device upgrades.

File STORXCom-1.2.4-b137-x86.exe for Microsoft Windows
Product Brochure

LOBO Brochure

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Interface Specification

LOBO Platform Specifications

Monday, February 10, 2014
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Product Manual

LOBO Manual

Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Product Manual

STORXCom 1.2.4 Manual

Friday, September 13, 2013
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White Paper

Application Article: In Situ Nutrient Monitoring in the Murderkill Estuary

Saturday, January 26, 2013
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White Paper

POSTER: In-situ phosphate and phycocyanin fluorescence monitoring in Western Lake Erie to inform predictive models for harmful algal blooms

Thursday, January 26, 2017
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White Paper

Monitoring the Spring Bloom in an Ice Covered Fjord with the Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO)

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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White Paper

In situ response of bay productivity to nutrient loading from a small tributary: The Delaware Bay-Murderkill Estuary tidally-coupled biogeochemical reactor

Monday, January 26, 2015
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  • Yoana G. Voynova, Karine C. Lebaron, Rebecca T. Barnes, William J. Ullman (2015) In situ response of bay productivity to nutrient loading from a small tributary: The Delaware Bay-Murderkill Estuary tidally-coupled biogeochemical reactor Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 160 1-16 Read Now
  • Dzwonkowski, B., Wong, K., and Ullman, W.J. (2013) Water level and velocity characteristics of a salt marsh channel in the Murderkill estuary, Delaware Journal of Coastal Research doi:oi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-12-00161.1 Read Now
  • Adams, A.J., Hill, J.E., Kurth, B.N., Barbour, A.B. (2012) Effects of a Severe Cold Event on the Subtropical, Estuarine- Dependent Common Snook, Centropomus Undecimalis Gulf and Caribbean Research 24 13-21
  • Ryan, J, Greenfield, D, Marin III, R, Preston, C, Roman, B, Jenson, S, Pargett, D, Birch, J, Mikulski, C, Goucette, G, Scholin, C. (2011) Harmful phytoplankton ecology studies using an autonomous molecular analytical and ocean observing network. American Society of LImnology and Oceanography, Inc 56(4), 1255-1272 doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.4.1255
  • Milbrandt, E.C., Coble, P.G., Conmy, R. N., Martignette, A.J., Siwicke, J.J. (2010) Evidence for the production of marine fluorescence dissolved organic matter in coastal environments and a possible mechanism for formation and dispersion, Limnol. Oceanogr., 55(5), 2037-2051.
  • Jannasch, H.W., Coletti, L.J., Kenneth, S.J., Fitzwater, S.E., Needoba, J.A., Plant, J.N. (2008) The Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory: A robust networked mooring system for continuously monitoring complex biogeochemical cycles in estuaries Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 6 263-276 Read Now
  • Adams L.G., Matsumoto, G.I. (2007) Investigating coastal processes and nitrate levels in Elkorn Slough using real-time data, Oceanography 20(1), 200-204