NMU and NASA working together on Granite Island

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Some Northern Michigan University students and faculty are working with some sophisticated technology from NASA.

A crew has been setting up the equipment on Granite Island, which is owned by Scott Holman, a member of the NMU Board of Trustees. The work they're doing out there is part of NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System or CERES experiment.

It measures short and long wave radiation as well as aerosols. Those involved say the site on Granite Island is unique.

"This is kind of a unique site because the site on the East Coast has been decommissioned for safety reasons so they didn't have a good site that was well off shore over open water and the big open water of Lake Superior helps reduce the clutter from other contamination the satellite might see," said John Lenters, Sr. Scientist for Lentic Environmental Services.

The site also serves the Great Lakes Evaporation Network which monitors the evaporation rates of Lake Superior. If the Granite Island site proves successful it could result in a longer term partnership between NMU and NASA.

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