Event Title

Goldie' the Great Pond Sentinel. Telling the Seasonal Story of Lake Dynamics to a Stakeholder Audience.

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Goldie is an automated sampling buoy deployed in the deepest point of Great Pond, Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Built by Nexsens Technology, the buoy is a highly capable platform for limnology research; equipped with a suite of sensors for measuring water temperature, light, dissolved oxygen concentration (surface and bottom), and fluorescence. The buoy is powered by 15-watt solar panels and communicates to our labs at Colby using a dedicated cell phone.Although Goldie provides extremely detailed data for the limnology professional, the information is not easily understood by the stakeholder community. Our work focuses on analyzing and transforming the real-time data from Goldie to make it more reader-friendly. We use the GLEON program Lake Analyzer to calculate thermocline depth, Schmidt stability, and Wedderburn number to illustrate the natural stability of the lake. These computed parameters are integrated with real-time temperature, oxygen, light, and weather to produce an interactive dashboard of lake conditions. Interactive graphs built using the Highchart JavaScript library allow the user to zoom and pan on the data sets. Updated hourly, these graphs allow the community to visualize the lake in a clear and engaging way that promotes conservation awareness through a direct connection to lake water quality.

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Chemistry Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

63

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Goldie' the Great Pond Sentinel. Telling the Seasonal Story of Lake Dynamics to a Stakeholder Audience.

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Goldie is an automated sampling buoy deployed in the deepest point of Great Pond, Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Built by Nexsens Technology, the buoy is a highly capable platform for limnology research; equipped with a suite of sensors for measuring water temperature, light, dissolved oxygen concentration (surface and bottom), and fluorescence. The buoy is powered by 15-watt solar panels and communicates to our labs at Colby using a dedicated cell phone.Although Goldie provides extremely detailed data for the limnology professional, the information is not easily understood by the stakeholder community. Our work focuses on analyzing and transforming the real-time data from Goldie to make it more reader-friendly. We use the GLEON program Lake Analyzer to calculate thermocline depth, Schmidt stability, and Wedderburn number to illustrate the natural stability of the lake. These computed parameters are integrated with real-time temperature, oxygen, light, and weather to produce an interactive dashboard of lake conditions. Interactive graphs built using the Highchart JavaScript library allow the user to zoom and pan on the data sets. Updated hourly, these graphs allow the community to visualize the lake in a clear and engaging way that promotes conservation awareness through a direct connection to lake water quality.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/177