NOAA collects and integrates information about the Bay from buoys, satellites, shipboard mapping technologies, and other sources. These observations help decisionmakers, researchers, and the public better understand the Bay and use its resources safely and more responsibly.

CBIBS buoy

Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS)


Scientists map the seafloor from on board NOAA vessels

Habitat Assessments


Many parameters can be mapped through remote sensing

Remote Sensing for Coastal Management


Community Generated Observations

Community-Generated Observations