New Zealand monitoring buoys help harbor sedimentation study

By on March 27, 2014
Kaipara Harbour (Credit: PhillipC, via Flickr)

Kaipara Harbour (Credit: PhillipC, via Flickr)

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research will begin installing water quality stations in Kaipara Harbor this April, according to Yahoo! News. The stations will help scientists predict water clarity there, as well as other indicators of the harbor’s health.

The NIWA is partnering with local governing agencies to set up five monitoring stations. Three stationary platforms will be placed near the Tikonui Wharf, while two monitoring buoys will be deployed in the harbor itself.

Both buoys will be equipped with instruments to collect data on water temperature and salinity, wind direction, air temperature and photosynthetically active radiation. All offshore data will be combined with those collected near the wharf as scientists analyze sedimentation affecting Kaipara Harbor.

 Image: Kaipara Harbour (Credit: PhillipC, via Flickr)

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