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TIAER Field Operations

Field Operations

TIAER employs a full-time field staff comprised of biologists, hydrologists, and other individuals trained to assist as needed. The staff is proficient in the following activities:

  • Establishing, maintaining, and monitoring remote automated water quality monitoring equipment.
  • Collecting, processing, and transporting water quality samples.
  • Performing recreational and aquatic life Use Attainability Analyses (UAAs) and habitat assessments.
  • Designing, constructing, and maintaining experimental field plots.
  • Deploying multiprobe sondes and automated samplers.
  • Time-of-travel studies.
  • In situ measurement of sediment oxygen demand (SOD).
  • In situ measurement of algal productivity.
  • In situ measurement of algal growth potential and nutrient limitation.
  • Velocity measurements and rating curve development.
  • Collection, preservation, and analysis of E. coli and Enterococci samples.
  • Ground truthing to validate land-use maps.
  • Maintenance of real-time monitoring systems.
  • TIAER’s Field Operations group maintains a variety of equipment to successfully complete its water quality monitoring activities. This equipment includes:
  • Isco™ carousel automated water samplers and programmable bubbler type level meters.
  • YSI Multiprobes.
  • Conventional and Doppler technology current meters.
  • Electronic rain gauges. 
  • Boats for a variety of aquatic environments.
  • GPS and surveying equipment.
  • Backpack electrofishing equipment and seines.
  • A vehicle fleet to access sampling locations.