Large Lake Monitoring System
Large lakes and reservoirs are some of the world’s most important freshwater resources. They serve crucial roles including drinking water supply, irrigation, aquaculture, transportation and recreation. However, they are more threatened than ever by the effects of climate change and human activity. Automated monitoring systems can provide valuable information on water quality, water levels and wave conditions to protect the health of these vital resources.
Large Lake Monitoring System
Large lake and reservoir monitoring systems can provide valuable data on water quality, weather conditions, wave heights, water levels, environmental cleanup efforts, thermal gradients, dissolved oxygen, and much more. This data can inform water resource managers, commercial operators and even the general public on water conditions.
The NexSens CB-950 buoy is a powerful platform well suited for lake monitoring applications. It provides ample buoyancy and solar charging to support a significant sensor payload, but in a relatively small footprint for ease of deployment and maintenance. It supports an M650H solar marine light for night-time visibility.
For data logging, the NexSens X2-CB data logger simplifies sensor connections and transmits realtime data via radio, cellular or satellite telemetry. The X2-CB logger is compatible with most industry-standard, multiparameter water quality sondes including those from YSI, Hydrolab, Eureka, In-situ and others. Additional sensors commonly integrated into lake systems include weather sensors such as those from Vaisala, Airmar and Lufft and NexSens T-Node FR or TS210 temperature profiling strings. Lake conditions can be monitored using current and wave sensors like the Nortek Signature series and SeaView Systems SVS-603HR, as well as camera systems that can send photos and video feeds.
The X2-CB logger has multiple sensor ports to accommodate large numbers of sensors with simple, waterproof UW connectors and automatic sensor detection. The X2-CBMC version with marine connectors provides additional robustness in tough environments. Data transfer to the WQData LIVE web datacenter provides options for manipulation of data, configuration of alarm notifications and presentation of research data and live conditions in a public portal.
Contact a NexSens Applications Engineer today to discuss your lake or reservoir monitoring application.
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