DEPLOY: Smart Demonstration of Online Water Quality Monitoring on the River Lee, Cork, Ireland

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The DEPLOY project was a successful technology demonstration, showcasing how state-of-the-art technology can be used to achieve continuous, realtime monitoring of a river catchment. The project involved the collection of in-situ environmental data over a period of 12 months from a network of stations located in the River Lee Catchment, in Co. Cork. DEPLOY has demonstrated that this technology can be used to track fluctuations in a number of water quality parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH across a catchment. This, in turn, has demonstrated the benefits of this approach over more traditional means of monitoring that are likely to miss much of the temporal variability associated with these parameters. This technology demonstration of a truly heterogeneous water quality monitoring networked system was one of the first of its kind in Ireland and showed how data could be collected from a number of locations and viewed in real or near real time. DEPLOY represented an important collaboration among research centres, the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at Dublin City University (DCU), and the Tyndall National Institute (TNI), commercial partner Intelligent Data Systems and the relevant River Basin District (the South Western River Basin District). The assembled project team had the technical and analytical expertise to successfully deploy, maintain, continuously collect environmental and water quality data and evaluate the effects of longterm sensor deployment on water quality monitoring systems and sensor data from a number of sites. The findings were then disseminated to the widest possible audience through the project website (http:// www.deploy.ie). While the potential of this technology is clear, the DEPLOY project also identified a number of gaps, particularly in the area of in-situ nutrient analysis. Further technological development in this area will be required if the goal of achieving a complete in-situ water quality monitoring solution is to be achieved. DEPLOY is a technology demonstration project that began planning, station selection and design in August 2008. It aimed to show how state-of-the-art technology could be implemented for cost-effective, continuous, real-time monitoring of a river catchment. The DEPLOY project is seen as an important building block in the realisation of a wide-area autonomous network of sensors capable of monitoring the spatial and temporal distribution of important water quality and environmental target parameters. The deployment demonstrates SN capability in collecting real-time water quality data and can act as a test bed to implement and evaluate water quality monitoring systems and deployment infrastructure (wireless data transfer mechanisms, novel sensors, sensor interfacing, etc.).

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Dr. Fiona Regan
Dublin City University
Project Manager
National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 7005765
e-mail: fiona.regan@dcu.ie

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Author(s)Regan, F.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationDEPLOY: Smart Demonstration of Online Water Quality Monitoring on the River Lee, Cork, Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=242
Resource Keywordssmart monitoring Ireland river catchment DEPLOY
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2008-ET-MS-4-S2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Tuesday 1st January 2008 (01-01-2008)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 1st January 2008 (01-01-2008)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st January 2010 (01-01-2010)
Published on SAFERMonday 28th November 2011 (28-11-2011)
Date of Last EditMonday 28th November 2011 at 10:05:18 (28-11-2011)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 28th November 2011 at 10:05:18 (28-11-2011)

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The demonstration sites chosen are based in the River Lee, which flows through Ireland?s second largest city, Cork. These were designed to include monitoring stations in five zones of the river considered typical of significant river systems and to demonstrate the versatility of the technology available: 1. Lee Maltings station; 2. Inniscarra Pumphouse station; 3. Lee Road station; 4. Inniscarra Databuoy station; and 5. Gougane Barra station. The live data are available online for registered users at http://www.deploy.ie. Tidal influences in the River Lee provide interesting physico-chemical data that show temporal changes in water quality and variations in these regular parameters can indicate anthropogenic influences in the riverine system. The sites on the River Lee extended from Gougane Barra to the Lee Maltings in Cork City.

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At present, there are many challenges in the development of continuous long-term water monitoring programmes in Europe. The success of a monitoring system that can provide real-time data on a variety of water quality parameters over long periods of time will rely on the support of teams of researchers in the development of the building blocks of the systems (Greenwood et al., 2008). The primary objective of the DEPLOY project was to implement a WSN of water quality monitoring stations. In doing so, the aim was to demonstrate how this technology could operate continuously, remain robust and provide an insight into processes involved and how this could better inform decision making for the relevant management agencies
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The DEPLOY project is a successful technology demonstration, showcasing how state-of-the-art technology can be used to achieve continuous, realtime monitoring of a river catchment. The project involved the collection of in-situ environmental data over a period of 12 months from a network of stations located in the River Lee Catchment, in County Cork. DEPLOY has demonstrated that this technology can be used to track fluctuations in a number of water quality parameters, such as temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH, across a catchment. This, in turn, has demonstrated the benefits of this approach over more traditional means of monitoring, which are likely to miss much of the temporal variability associated with these parameters. This technology demonstration of a truly heterogeneous water quality monitoring networked system is one of the first of its kind in Ireland and shows how data could be collected from a number of locations and viewed in real or near real time.
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