|Summer is drawing to an end in the northern hemisphere and looking back on the year so far, it’s encouraging to see that water quality and environmental monitoring continue to be focal points for research around the world. Data provided by these efforts are critical to our quality of life. Turner Designs has been dedicated to supporting the scientific community for over 40 years and this year has been especially productive for our research and development team. In the past 6 months we introduced 2 tools to enhance the use of our popular Cyclops Submersible Sensors – Databank Datalogging Station and Cyclops Explorer. In the coming months we expect to have several groundbreaking products ready for the market which are a direct result of working with our customers and understanding your research goals. One of the pre-announcements (ICAM) is below in our new products section. Thank you for your continued support and I encourage you to contact us with any ideas or feedback related to your instrumentation requirements as well as how Turner Designs is doing serving you and our environmental community.
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|DataBank Datalogger now available for Stationary Deployments
This new housing contains our popular DataBank Datalogger electronics. The new DataBank Station offers great resistance to the environment allowing users to log data continuously during long term deployments. It approximates IP 66 and Nema 4x providing a degree of protection against corrosion, windblown dust and rain, and water splash-down. The DataBank Datalogger Station stores up to 9,999 records as well as 16 calibrations and uses an intuitive GUI interface for easy sensor configuration, calibration, and data streaming/download via USB connection to a PC. >>Read More
Cyclops Explorer facilitates lab work, expands Cyclops’ applications
|Turner Designs developed the Cyclops Explorer to facilitate lab work with Cyclops-7 and Cyclops-6K Submersible Sensors and expand the scope of projects applicable to the Cyclops. Plugging directly into the USB port on a computer, the Explorer guides users through simple GUI controls to analyze samples, determine limits of detection, check instrument stability, or simply become familiar with how to best use Turner Designs’ Cyclops sensors. Together with The Explorer, Cyclops sensors can be used as lab fluorometers for doing work such as creating a time series of fluorescence responses to record algal culture productivity or check fluorescent dye stability/shelf-life. >>Read More
ICAM (coming soon)
|We are excited that we will soon announce the availability of ICAM, a new in situ multi-spectral absorption meter. Multi-spectral absorption meters have several uses. Light penetrating water is diminished almost exponentially with depth, with an accompanying change in the energy spectrum. These changes affect phytoplankton life directly, so an understanding of the absorption properties for bodies of water is significant for determining the ability to support the growth of phytoplankton. Multi-spectral absorption can also be used to determine the constituents of water, distinguishing between water, dissolved yellow substances, phytoplankton, etc. Based on a patented design from Dr. Fry of Texas A&M University and licensed to Turner Designs, the ICAM requires no correction for scattering. And with wavelengths in the UV spectrum, the ICAM enables use in both coastal and freshwater applications. ICAM will be available for delivery early in 2014. Please contact sales if you would like to receive more information as it becomes available.
INSTRUMENTS IN ACTION
Natural fluorescence of freshwaters of the Hudson Bay Lowland: A sentinel of water quality and environmental change
The Hudson Bay Lowland is the third largest contiguous wetland in the world, stretching over 300,000 square kilometers in central Canada surrounding southern shores of the Hudson Bay and James Bay. The majority of the Lowlands, which have formed since the last continental glaciation, are within the Province of Ontario but also reach into Quebec and Manitoba. This wetland is extensively blanketed by a layer of peat which exerts a strong influence on the water quality of rivers and streams that drain the landscape. Water quality is very important to the First Nation’s inhabitants of that region as the waters are a source of drinking water and fish, an important traditional food. Up until now, very little has been known about water quality in the region, in part because of the difficulty in accessing the remote region to sample water. An emerging strategy with great promise is to use autonomous sensors to make unattended measurements. >>Read More
Turner Designs’ sensors at the new Exploratorium
|If visiting San Francisco, be sure to stop by the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 to see Turner Designs’ fluorometers in action. After more than 40 years in the Presidio, The Exploratorium recently relocated to brand new facilities and took the opportunity to add many new exhibits offering hands-on learning experiences. One of those exhibits, the Wired Pier, includes weather, air quality, and water quality instruments installed and continuously collecting data. Data are displayed in the Bay Observatory Gallery and analysis will be performed as data are collected. Turner Designs is proud to support the Exploratorium with an installation including Chlorophyll, Phycocyanin, Phycoerythrin, CDOM, Crude Oil, Refined Fuels, and Optical Brighteners fluorometers. Visitors to the Exploratorium can see live water quality data from the San Francisco bay. For information on the Exploratorium please visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/.
Wave Glider tracking salmon, monitoring ocean parameters
|The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), a global research and technology development initiative headquartered at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), has added a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider to their fleet of monitoring and tracking gliders. After several successful test missions since 2011, OTN purchased the first Wave Glider in Canada. In addition to Turner Designs chlorophyll, CDOM, and turbidity sensors, the Wave Glider is modified to carry a VEMCO VR2W acoustic receiver. The glider has been tracking salmon and other acoustically tagged marine species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, while performing range tests and remote data offload from bottom-moored acoustic arrays. >>Read More
Monitoring for Hydrocarbons in Coastal Waters Using Multiple Fluorescent channels
Using in situ
fluorometers, such as the Cyclops-7 or C3, is an efficient and cost-effective way to check for the presence and relative concentration of hydrocarbons in water. This measurement, however, can be greatly affected by interference factors such as CDOM (Colored Dissolved Organic Matter) allowing for misinterpretation of data, resulting in false positives for hydrocarbon presence and/or inability to accurately track changes in concentrations of hydrocarbons in water. >>Read More
New and Revamped 10-AU Resources
|New customers as well as those that have used the 10-AU for years often comment that the 10-AU can be an intimidating instrument to calibrate and operate . The 162 page manual is highly technical and can be more than a little overwhelming. In response to the demand for easy-to-use and understand instructions, our Technical Support Department generated new documents and revamped some old ones. If you visited our website recently you may have noticed we now have a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. The FAQ’s are accessible through the product page or the Customer Care tab and are not limited to the 10-AU but are available for many of our instruments. >>Read More
The Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) is a partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies dedicated to fostering the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms. ACT conducts Technology Verifications focusing on classes of commercially available instruments to provide confirmation that each technology meets the manufacturer's performance specifications or claims and/or provides verified data on those operational parameters that stakeholders require to make use decisions. Verifications are a 25-step process, which includes community consensus on test protocols, laboratory and field-testing, and QA/QC based on EPA and ISO guidelines. Field tests are carried out at no fewer than four but typically all six ACT partner sites. ACT recently completed a Technology Verification on in situ
hydrocarbon sensors which included Turner Designs fluorometers. Customer needs and use assessments, testing protocols, and performance verification statements are available on the ACT website
|July 2013 Fluorometer Donation Award
Congratulations to Michael Rubbo of Teatown Lake Reservation who was awarded an AquaFluor Handheld Fluorometer/Turbidimeter via our Fluorometer Donation Program. The next award will be announced in December 2013. Applications are due by November 1, 2013. Click here to learn more about Michael’s research.
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Tradeshows we’re Attending
Oceans '13 MTS/IEEE
San Diego, CA, USA
September 24-26, 2013BWMTech North America 2013
Miami, FL, USA
September 26-27, 20137th Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S.
Sarasota, FL, USA
October 27-31, 2013
Poster Presentation ONLY: "Determination of Phytoplankton Groups Using Turner Designs’ PhytoFind"
NALMS International Symposium
San Diego, CA, USA
October 30 - November 1, 2013
Poster Presentation: "No Correction Needed: Estimating Algal Abundance Using Red Excitation Fluorimetry"CERF 2013
San Diego, CA, USA
November 3-7, 2013Poster Presentation: "Determination of Phytoplankton Groups Using Turner Designs’ PhytoFind"AGU 2013 Fall Meeting
San Francisco, CA, USA
December 9-13, 2013ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting
Honolulu, HI USA
February 23-28, 2014