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University of NC Ferrymon

Sponsoring Organization:  University of North Carolina FerryMon

Description:  FerryMon stands for "Ferry Monitoring" program. We use the NC ferry transportation system to monitor and keep a "watch" on water quality. We use the NC ferry transportation system to monitor and keep a "watch" on water quality. Some ferries are set up to collect surface water at different times during the ferry's journey. The ferry stores the water until it can be taken back to the lab to be studied. The ferry also has a set of sensors that measure salinity, temperature, chlorophyll a , and other parameters. This information is sent from the ferry to the lab by cell phone line. The information is then converted to graphs that are sent to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, local water quality and fisheries agencies, researchers and schools for teaching purposes.

Web Site:  http://www.unc.edu/ims/paerllab/research/ferrymon/index.html

Program Contact:  Rodney Guajardo

Program Contact Email:  guajardo@email.unc.edu

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.unc.edu/ims/paerllab/research/ferrymon/index.html

Program Purpose:  Scientists, water quality managers and the public (through the website) are kept informed of water quality conditions in the Neuse River Estuary and Pamlico Sound by simple measurements, such as salinity, temperature, oxygen, and chlorophyll a. By using the ferry system to take measurements, the scientists and managers spend less time collecting samples, and devote more time to using the information to inform the agencies, researchers and public of up to date water quality and fisheries habitat conditions. FerryMon generates a clear, useful day-to-day picture of the environmental conditions of the Neuse River Estuary and Pamlico Sound

Data Access Policy:  data_request@unc.edu

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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