- A low cost option for a platform
- Cost considerations
- Lightning protection applied to a floating platform
- Power options
- Communications options
- What to consider for buoy weather stations?
- How deep to deploy?
- How frequently should we measure?
- Security issues
- What to do about ice cover?
- Sensor considerations
- Station maintenance
- How to moor a long term station
Are you interested in setting up automatic monitoring for a waterbody, but don’t know where to start? Start here!
This set of guidelines provides useful information on the practicalities of deploying and maintaining automatic monitoring stations (AMS) in lakes and reservoirs. The guidelines have been developed and reviewed by members of the NETLAKE group who have many years’ experience in automatic monitoring. The subject areas were chosen after a NETLAKE member-wide survey, where people were asked about the main stumbling blocks to setting up their AMS. Before you start, however, we suggest you should ask yourself some questions, the answers to which will help you design your AMS and decide on its form and function: Why do you want to conduct high frequency monitoring (HFM)? How much time and technical support do you have? Do you have GPRS coverage? Where will you put it? What is the bathymetry of the waterbody in question like? What depth of water is there? What is the prevailing wind direction? Will there be security issues? Is the water body used for water abstraction? The factsheets below can then help you to answer some of your practical questions.
Each of the 14 factsheets can be downloaded separately using the tabbed links. Or the full set of factsheets can be downloaded from the final tab.