"The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE uses various sensor technologies to gather environmental data in the field. The Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) ALGAE-Wader Pro system was recently selected by SYKE for use in our ‘Far Out! – Pupils as Environmental Scientists’ project," said Jari Silander, Senior Researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute. The Far Out! Project has been set up as part of the MONITOR 2020 National Environmental Monitoring Strategy Program, which defines strategic targets for the gathering, storage and utilisation of environmental data. This program, which is also linked to the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), aims to achieve higher quality and maximise cost efficiency throughout the production process of monitoring and to provide easier utilisation of information.
The Far Out! Project aims to develop multidisciplinary learning models via environmental research projects in which pupils use different technological instruments and measurements as part of the research processes. Schools in several Finnish municipalities arrange outdoor training sessions which include elements of gamification and provide pupils with monitoring equipment obtained under the program. Training includes theory covering quality control and certification of the measurements and the use, calibration and maintenance of equipment.
The CTG ALGAE-Wader Pro system, which is an easy to use portable in-situ algae monitor providing data on Chlorophyll-a and other algae based pigments, is being used to augment current practises of taking samples for laboratory analysis. All data from the CTG TriLux sensor provided with the system is clearly displayed in real time on the Hawk hand held unit and recorded. The Hawk records both the time and position of the data via an in-built GPS. A RAG (Red, Amber, Green) alarm system can be set up to clearly indicate algae levels of concern.
Where can you see the ALGAE-Wader Pro system? It will be on display at the Sensing in Water Conference in Nottingham (27-28 September) and at WEFTEC 2017 (2-4 October) in Chicago. Justin Dunning and his team will be at hand to give you all the information you need. Please get in touch if you'd like to set up a meeting.
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About Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) - Visit us on Booth No 7954
CTG is exhibiting at WEFTEC 2017, Chicago (2- 4 October 2017) in the UK Pavilion with the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and British Water (Booth No 7954). On display will be CTG's range of on-line & portable water quality monitoring systems.
Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) are a leading design and manufacturer of sensors & systems for the maritime, marine science, water environmental, defence and process control markets. With over 50 years' experience, CTG specialises in optical, acoustic and physical sensors measuring algae, bacteria, hydrocarbons and water clarity.
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ALGAE-Wader Pro: Collects & instantly displays key Chlorophyll data for in situ water quality monitoring
Students carrying out assignments, August 2017 (Rauma in Pölläkari Finland)