Publication Detail

Real-time predictions of microbial pathogens in the Charles River, MA using on-line weather stations and river flow gauges

Benjamen R. Wetherill, Julie D. Wood, Robert F. Chen, Francesco Peri
1 pp.
MITSG 13-41
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

Water quality in the Charles River has improved dramatically in recent years, and could be safe for all recreational activities 80-90% of the time. However, potentially dangerous concentrations of E.coli and cyanobacteria blooms still occur on a regular basis, so there is a strong need for accurate and trusted predictions of microbial water quality. By interconnecting environmental and river flow sensors through an on-line algorithm, the UMass Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) have partnered to develope an automated model that provides real-time predictions of microbial water quality. A real-time environmental monitoring system was installed near the location of the highest bacteria concentrations in the Charles River Lower Basin, and measures water temperature, rainfall, and wind speed. The station sends the data via wireless cell phone technology to a web server, where it is combined with online United States Geological Survey (USGS) river flow data to automatically produce a bacteria concentration probability metric. This metric can be published on the web to give the public real-time predictions about the water quality and recreational health risks.

type: Presentations

Parent Project

Project No.: 2010-R/RT-2/RC-117
Title: Consortium for Ocean Sensing In the Nearshore Environment (COSINE)

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