ROVER MISSION

There are multiple freshwater and saltwater ecosystems located throughout CBEC’s 510-acre property. These habitats exhibit water quality parameters that are specific to each ecosystem and important to their overall health. The composition of water is determined by the amount of dissolved or suspended impurities present in the environment. Monitoring water quality and the behavior of aquatic organisms in fresh and saltwater habitats allows scientists to determine the overall health of specific ecosystems.

CBEC uses ROVERs to monitor water quality in freshwater and saltwater ponds at various stages of pond development, by collecting in- water measurements and observing aquatic wildlife using remotely operated platforms.

Please note: ROVER’s are being developed and tested during 2017.  

CBEC is currently testing various aquatic vessels:

ROVERs

Remotely controlled boats designed and constructed with a sensor platform (swimdeck) to collect in- water measurements. Initial aquatic ROVER designs include “X-3” and “X-4” systems.

ROVER X-3

The original ROVER design.

TX Remote Controllers (x2)
Temperature Sensor
pH Sensor
Dissolved Oxygen Probe
Salinity Sensor
Aqua- Vu Video Cameras

ROVER X-4

A smaller, more portable version.

TX Remote Controller
Temperature Sensor
Dissolved Oxygen Probe
Salinity Sensor

Water Quality Testing

LabQuest2

A standalone interface used to collect sensor data with built-in graphing and analysis applications.

Probes and Sensors 

Handheld meters that measure the physical and chemical properties that make up a habitat.

Dissolved Oxygen Probe
Water Temperature Sensor
Electrical Conductivity
Salinity Sensor
pH Sensor