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Sensors and Communications Systems for the Marine Environment

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Project Metadata ElementDetails
  Project Title Sensors and Communications Systems for the Marine Environment
Research Area Water
Project Acronym SENSORS
  Principal Investigator or Lead Irish Partner Prof. Fiona Regan / Prof. Dermot Diamond
  Lead Institution or Organisation Dublin City University (DCU)
 Lead Country Ireland
 Latitude, Longitude (of Lead Institution) 53.38526, -6.25714
  Lead Funding Entity Marine Institute
  Approximate Project Start Date 01/02/2008
  Approximate Project Finishing Date 31/12/2015
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 Project Keywords Sensors; Water quality; Monitoring; Bacteria
  Project Abstract Beaufort Sensors project is a multidisciplinary research programme. It focuses on the development of bio-sensing platforms for such topical targets as microbes, parasites, pathogens and toxins. At the moment measurement in this area are performed primarily through grab sampling at a limited number of locations and times, which is followed by analysis back at a centralised facility. This cannot guarantee complete knowledge of the water quality and in practice fails to prevent emergency situations such as the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Galway in 2007. The ultimate goal for the developed bio-sensing platforms is to be capable of remote sampling, to perform analysis over extended period of time and to integrate the obtained data in the environmental network database, which will be available in a real time one the web. This will help to locate the source of pollution in the shortest time and enable a rapid response in order to minimise the impact on the population and to prevent further contamination of distribution systems.

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