Monitoring the waters in Hamble

08-10-2013

Popular with sailors and tourists alike, the River Hamble is one of the most unspoilt and picturesque parts of the South Coast.  Wood & Douglas recently worked on a project to help it remain that way using its OpenNET 6000 series radios and the new Remote DNA service.

One of the duties of ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd (ABPmer) is to monitor dredging in the Solent to ensure the safe passage of cruise and container ships.  The Hamble River flows into the Solent and concerns were expressed, particularly amongst the marinas around the river that the dredging could have a negative effect on the depth of the berths used by pleasure boats.  ABPmer teamed up with Wood & Douglas to combine telemetry information on tide and turbidity levels (the amount of silt in the water, which is an indication as to the probable formation of silt banks and therefore problems in and around marinas) with Wood & Douglas’ RDNA web toolkit to provide easily publishable information to alert if the dredging was having an impact, but hopefully being able to demonstrate that the dredging was not affecting the silt levels in and around the marinas.  With minimal customisation, this information can now be collated, extracted and shared simply and effectively to provide reassurance for all parties.

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