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Development and Deployment of a Remote Observing System for Determination of Taxon-specific Phytoplankton Abundance

Development of advanced water quality sensors suitable for robotic   deployment is a critical need for CEEES (Syracuse Center of   Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems). We propose to   develop three unique sensor systems that will provide near real time   information on changes in taxon-specific phytoplankton abundance.   This information is important both as an estimate of ecosystem   health and for the development and monitoring of remediation   efforts. The first system is based on the BBE FluoroProbe and uses a   combination of excitation and emission wavelengths to distinguish   phytoplankton at the division level (e.g. green algae, diatoms,   cyanobacteria). The second and third systems uses specific algal   pigment signatures in the visible region (second system) or their   fluorescence fingerprint (third system) to distinguish phytoplankton   below the division level. The FluoroProbe system will be validated   at the ESF testing facility and deployed on a buoy in the St.   Lawrence River. The other two systems will be constructed and   deployed in Onondaga Lake, Oneida Lake and/or Lake Ontario to test   their ability to distinguish between benign and potentially harmful   cyanobacterial blooms. All three systems have the potential to   provide critical information for immediate use in management   decisions and for incorporation into the existing CEEES network of   water quality monitors.    (phytoplankton); (algae); (algal); (green algae); (diatoms);   (cyanobacteria); (Lake Ontario)

In progress
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Ontario
St.Lawrence River
State Province
New York
Resource Being Monitored
Human Health
Plankton / Microorganisms
Program Drivers
Remedial Actions Plan (RAP)
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Degradation of Phytoplankton or Zooplankton Populations
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Restrictions of Fish and Wildlife Consumption
Annex Numbers
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Surveillance and Monitoring
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