There are many reasons for wanting to monitor the quality and quantity of surface and ground water. These fall mainly into the broad categories: environmental protection, water management and shipping, dredging, offshore & marine engineering.
Observator offers a large range of hydrological sensors as well as complete integrated meteorological/hydrological measurement stations. The hydrological sensors are complemented with data loggers, telemetry and software for storing, processing and visualizing the measured data. For measuring in remote locations, we have solutions using solar power and telemetry using GPRS, VHF/UHF radio links, or satellite communication.
Environmental protection Our hydrological sensors are often applied in lakes, rivers, channels, ditches, estuaries, coastal zones, harbors and in ground water. Real time monitoring of the water quality enables the early detection of pollution and spills. Early detection is essential for limiting the effect of the pollution on the environment.
Water management Real time monitoring of the water quantity is important for proper water management. This applies to surface water as well as ground water. Hydrological sensor for monitoring water level and discharge can help to prevent water shortage at one place, or flooding at another place.
Shipping, dredging, offshore, marine engineering During dredging and marine engineering projects, it is often required to closely monitor the effects on the environment. A dredging project may be close to a coral reef, or a new port may be constructed near fish farms or pristine beaches. Waves, currents and tide (water level) are very important for all work at sea. If waves get too high, it may be necessary to interrupt a dredging project, to redirect a ship or to interrupt construction work.