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.