Natural resource managers rely on a variety of methods to evaluate watershed health, habitat condition, and the condition of aquatic species. While ground-based direct observation methods are the time-honored standard, advances in technology are continually providing tools for more rapid and efficient data collection. Of particular interest are those advances in tools that are wireless in nature, that is not requiring the continued direct interaction of the observer with the object being measured. These technologies can be employed in several formats – satellite, aircraft, drones, and wireless land-based sensors – and result in data that include sonar recordings as well as visual images acquired remotely. Application of new technologies and advances in existing technologies can be gainfully employed by the monitoring community to advance the process of data collection.

What We Do

PNAMP supports the regional community of aquatic monitoring practitioners in the use of technology by sponsoring ad-hoc working groups that examine the application of emerging technologies and technological advances to specific monitoring issues. Products have included symposium compilations and recommendations to partnering participants.

Craig Haskell | U.S. Geological Survey