Environmental Monitoring

Tools to observe and turn observations into results.

Underdevelopment

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FEATURED PROJECTS

Ferries for Science, Washington

Washington state has the largest ferry fleet in the U.S.
(3rd largest fleet in the world). By outfitting the ferries with systems that uptake a continuous flow of surface water as they transit with sensors the ferries can make measurements at key constriction points to help understand overall water quality and improve performance of numerical models for the Puget Sound. This provides a cost-effective data collection method along an 80 mile transect along the main axis of Puget Sound at a 100 m spatial resolution and collected 1-2 times daily (year-round). The current iteration of this project is focused on collected surface water temperature as this is a key parameter for understanding mixing of thermally distinct water masses, has biological and physiological implications for some sensitive and key species (e.g., kelp, HABs and risk of toxin production), and provides ground truth information for coincident satellite data.

Ferries for Science

Washington

Washington state has the largest ferry fleet in the U.S. (3rd largest fleet in the world). By outfitting the ferries with systems that uptake a continuous flow of surface water as they transit with sensors the ferries can make measurements at key constriction points to help understand overall water quality and improve performance of numerical models for the Puget Sound. This provides a cost-effective data collection method along an 80 mile transect along the main axis of Puget Sound at a 100 m spatial resolution and collected 1-2 times daily (year-round). The current iteration of this project is focused on collected surface water temperature as this is a key parameter for understanding mixing of thermally distinct water masses, has biological and physiological implications for some sensitive and key species (e.g., kelp, HABs and risk of toxin production), and provides ground truth information for coincident satellite data./p>

Contact Us

Brandon Sackmann,
PhD, GISP

Senior Aquatic Scientist

Kenia Whitehead,
PhD

Senior Aquatic Scientist

Hannah Podzorski

Hydrogeologist