William J. Mitsch
Everglades Wetland Research Park
Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management
110 Kapnick Center
Florida Gulf Coast University
4940 Bayshore Drive
Naples Florida 34112 USA
+1 239 325 1365
A real-time instrumentation system - monitoring systems for water quality (YSI 6-series multi-parameter sondes) and water level (Ott Thalimedes), have been established in two wetlands (one freshwater, one brackish) in SW Florida by the EWRP. The system automatically delivers real-time data to the Kapnick Building through spread-spectrum radio transmissions, which in turn are automatically published on line (http://www.fgcu.edu/swamp/realtimedata.html ), on a lobby display at the Kapnick, and stored on file servers for future analysis.
One of these real-time instrument systems is deployed at a brackish Spartina marsh south of the Naples Botanical Garden (referred to as West Lake below) and the other is deployed at a freshwater marsh wetland on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (called FGCU Wetland below)
We expect to deploy more such real-time sondes in the future at our EWRP research sites throughout south Florida.