Coastal and Estuarine

As the population living near U.S. coastal regions continues to grow, understanding and monitoring the effects of human activities on the surrounding estuarine and coastal ecosystems is imperative to protect these natural resources. There is a definitive need for long-term, accurate, cost-effective water quality monitoring systems that provide real-time information on the status of these essential ecosystems.

WET Labs is pioneering the effort to monitor nutrients which cause eutrophication otherwise known as ‘dead zones’ in our coastal and inland waters.

A collaborative partnership was formed between research scientists at the University of New Hampshire, resource managers at the Great Bay NERR, and commercial system providers at WET Labs and Satlantic to provide an operational end-to-end water quality monitoring information system, spanning from observations through data management, modeling and product delivery. This system includes a flexible buoy system, a suite of water quality sensors, a remotely accessible data acquisition and command/control system, and a wireless telemetry system. In situ measurement parameters include nitrate, phosphate, chlorophyll, colored dissolved organic matter, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, spectral irradiance, temperature, salinity, current profiles, and meteorological parameters. A shore-based data management system facilitates real-time automated quality control and product generation. We present an overview of the system including data collected during the 2005 deployment season.

Visit the University of New Hampshire's Great Bay Coastal Buoy site to see historical data.

 

SeaOWL UV-A™ (SeaWater Oil Finder™)
Based upon the highly successful WET Labs’ ECO sensor, Sea-Bird Scientific has developed an industry leading detection technology creating a 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor.
WET Labs WQM Water Quality Monitor
The Water Quality Monitor (WQM) is designed to deliver core biogeochemical water quality parameters in coastal ecosystems from a single integrated package.
The Thetis Profiler is a submersible, vertically profiling platform for use in coastal marine and fresh water environments.
The HydroCycle-PO4 is a single analyte wet chemistry sensor engineered for environmental monitoring.
The Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series of sensors incorporates a common set of options with a single basic design to make them ideal for a wide variety of deployments.
The Sea-Bird Scientific SeaOWL UV-A™ SLC introduces a new in-situ oil-in-water sensor specifically designed for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocom glider.
Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO)
The Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series of sensors incorporate a common set of options with a single basic design to make them ideal for a wide variety of deployments.
ECO FL
ECO FL fluorometers measure fluorescence from chlorophyll-a, CDOM, uranine, rhodamine, and phycoyanin and phycoerythrin.
The Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series of sensors incorporates a common set of options with a single basic design to make them ideal for a wide variety of deployments.
Provides highly accurate measurements of PAR (400–700 nm) in all aquatic environments.
ECO Triplet-w
The ECO Triplet custom optical instrument is now available with active anti-biofouling. It features an evolutionary design that builds off the bio-wiper and faceplate available on the current ECO line.
ECO Triplet
The Triplet is a a special-order, three-optical-sensor instrument available in a user-defined configuration. The Triplet addresses the need for multiple simultaneous scattering and fluorescence sensors for autonomous and unattended measurement platforms.
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