About the Aquatic Sensor Workgroup

The ASW workgroup includes representatives from the resource management community, research, and the private sector. In addition, organizations currently working towards non-partisan evaluations of technology and the development of standards pertaining to environmental monitoring and data handling will be invited to participate in order to ensure complimentary efforts between the various organizations.

New members are always welcomed; please contact us if you are interested in joining with our efforts.

The generation of environmental monitoring data from aquatic environments is increasing rapidly as a result of improved technologies for field sensors and growing environmental pressures from human development and climate change. Field instrumentation is capable of providing data of high temporal and spatial resolution with significantly less effort and cost than laboratory methods.  However, in many instances, standard methods have not been developed for the various steps involved in collecting and analyzing field data. In response, the ASW workgroup was organized by the Methods and Data Comparability Board to address gaps in information around environmental monitoring sensors used in the field for both spot sampling and continuous monitoring applications. The task will be separated into two areas; 1) the collection of high quality data and 2) the management of an effective monitoring program. In the first section, Standard Operating Procedures will be developed to address issues such as sensor calibration, pre-deployment set-up, site selection, maintenance, and biofouling prevention. The second section will address issues such as data analysis, data management and metadata.

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