The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, has recently taken delivery of a Chelsea Technologies Group ALGAE-Wader Pro system, as part of the programme ‘Far Out! – Pupils as Environmental Scientists’. This project has been set up as part of the MONITOR 2020 National Environmental Monitoring Strategy Program released during Green Week 2012, 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 secure a sufficient level of information to support decision-making complying with legal requirements, to achieve higher quality and maximised cost efficiency throughout the production process of monitoring and to provide easier utilisation of information.
The ‘Far Out!’ Project, as part of this overarching program, aims to achieve multidisciplinary learning models via environmental research projects with pupils using different technological instruments and measurements as part of the research processes. Schools in several 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 as carried out in the EPA, certification, equipment use, calibration and maintenance and outdoor use 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, will be 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.
Jari Silander, Senior Researcher (MONITOR 2020 programme)
Finnish Environment Institute, Mechelininkatu 34a, Helsinki, 00251
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ALGAE-Wader Pro: Collects & instantly displays key Chlorophyll data for in situ water quality monitoring