Facility for Steam Chemistry and Hydrology

Dr. Sterling's Facility for Steam Chemistry and Hydrology contains both laboratory and field infrastructure for research in her Hydrologic Systems Research Group.

Field Infrastructure

Description Function
YSI6600V2 Water chemistry sondes In situ continuous monitoring water chemistry sondes with probes to detect pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature, nitrate, chloride, and turbidity
YSI 650 Hand held water chemistry sondes Hand-held water chemistry sondes with probes to detect pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature, nitrate, chloride, and turbidity.
ISCO 6712 full-size
Automated sequential portable water samplers.
Mobile Environmental Monitoring Platforum See below


The Mobile Environmental Monitoring Platform (MEMP)

The MEMP was designed by Environment Canada to address limitations with current event-based water quality sampling and has facility for:

  • Continuous measurement of precipitation, wind speed and direction, air temperature and relative humidity
  • Steam flow measurement through continuous unattended water level monitoring with an OTT bubbler sensor
  • Capacity for automated sampling of stream water samples via a sequential portable sampler (ISCO 6712 full-size).
  • Refrigeration and freezing of collected water samples
  • Data logging/programming capability (Campbell Scientific Data Logger)
  • Advanced communication capabilities such as telemetry through cell phone network, mobile field laboratory
  • Mobile real-time station to send real-time weather and water chemistry data to web-page
  • Electricity generation through solar panelsĀ