An essential part of any environmental monitoring or measurement project is the equipment used. Some equipment, like meters and field kits, are intended for spot sampling. Others, like sondes, data loggers and data buoys, are designed for long term monitoring applications. While buoys, sondes and automated samplers tend to be specific to water quality projects, sensors and data loggers can be used to monitor nearly any environmental parameter. Online datacenters, when used in conjunction with telemetry and a data logger offer real-time data and project access from anywhere, at any time. Project equipment should be chosen based on accuracy requirements, budget and whether or not remote monitoring is required.
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