Arlene Cole can tell you the weather for each day as far back as 1957. That's when she started a personal diary with her observations. Even with today's technological advances, hand measurements by volunteer observers are the most efficient, cost-effective way to collect that data.
A century ago, the oceanographer Henry Bigelow described the blooms of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine. Now, research from the East Boothbay lab that bears his name finds that phytoplankton in dramatic decline, and that could have a significant impact on the entire food web of the gulf.