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Installing water level and water quality monitoring systems in Brhmaputra tribut

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    • #1196
      bamboohydraulics
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      Hello all,

      I will be teaching in India, and want to start a small monitoring program of monitoring water quality and water level in some streams of the Indian northeast, which feed into the tributaries of Brahmaputra.

      I have some experience with traditional sensors and methods of datalogging- measuring salinity, temperature, conductivity , soil moisture. The methods I have used are quite expensive and I can not even think of using them in India. Then I came across Arduino microcontrollers and the sensors that interface with it, and all that seems much more affordable than what I have used before. So I ordered the simple Arduino Uno kit and completed the projects that come with it.

      Now is the next step for me to actually try something out in the field. I wan to start wiith the following parameters DO, pH, and water level. I want to install these sensors at one perennial stream location, with the depth about a meter across seasons, in Meghalaya and get some data before I can try multiple locations. I am sure that all of you may have started this the first time somewhere, and I am looking to get suggestions on how to go about it. I know it is a very broad question but at this point any inputs would be great.

      thanks

    • #1223
      neilh
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      Hi Bamboohydraulics
      I’d be interested in what you are teaching and what yous see as benefits in using automated monitoring.
      Using Arduino controllers is challenging and one has been written up on this board,
      – you might have a look at something I wrote here
      http://envirodiy.org/topic/datalogger-build/

      here is someone trying something
      https://edwardmallon.wordpress.com/

      Paying attention to the community “software” – the local habits and beliefs and using mapping (free) tools that build a local student knowledge base may provide a lot of bang-for-buck in your watershed.
      http://oaec.org/publications/basins-of-relations-a-citizens-guide/
      http://www.sscrcd.org/rainwater.php

      regards
      Neil

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