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Water-Quality Monitoring Sensor Network

Director Doug Schnoebelen demonstrates how Mississippi River water is tested at LACMRERS.

Director Doug Schnoebelen demonstrates how Mississippi River water is tested at LACMRERS.

IIHR’s water-quality initiative represents an unprecedented effort to monitor real-time changes in a large river in response to climatic events, agricultural trends, and other human activities.

Researchers at LACMRERS have 10 Hydrolab multi-sonde water-quality monitors deployed in Pool 16 for detailed chemical analysis. The sensors provide continuous real-time monitoring of:

  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Temperature
  • Specific conductance
  • Turbidity

State-of-the-art communication technology immediately transmits the data to researchers at IIHR and the research station. Results from this project and future studies will significantly improve scientific understanding of the biogeochemical processes vital to large river ecological sustainability. The study will also directly impact the work of the many federal and mission agencies working to improve U.S. water quality.

In addition to the sensors deployed on the Mississippi River, a complementary network is planned for deployment in the Iowa/Cedar River basin, which will connect this midsize basin with the Mississippi.

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