Severn River Watershed Observatory
The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Oceanography Department Severn River Watershed Observatory (SRWO) is an estuarine observation and monitoring network being implemented in the Severn River, MD. The system will consist of fixed/semi-fixed sensor arrays, buoys, profilers, and meteorological stations, augmented by autonomous vehicles and other sensing platforms. It It is designed to characterize the physical, chemical, biological, acoustic, and optical properties of the littoral environment. The USNA Oceanography Department Severn River Watershed Observatory will provide the nucleus of a platform to support USNA Midshipmen and faculty in the areas of: hands-on, project-based learning, basic and applied research; science & technology (S&T) development and testing; cyber-security research and exercises; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and; environmental stewardship. The overall goal of the USNA Oceanography Department Severn River Watershed Observatory will be to advance education and research in Littoral Oceanography and promote S&T development for conducting research in shallow, dynamic littoral environments.