Marine monitoring buoys to study climate change in Caribbean waters
A contract for five Caribbean climate-change monitoring buoys has been awarded to Xylem's YSI by The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre.
BEVERLY, MA, May 29, 2013 -- A contract for five marine monitoring buoys has been awarded to Xylem's YSI Integrated Systems and Services (ISS) by The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The buoys will collect high-quality data for researchers studying climate change in the Caribbean Sea, including the waters of Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago.
"The Caribbean is a unique part of the world. Our waters are the 'bread basket' for the region, and we must be diligent in protecting and sustaining them," says Dr. Kenrick Leslie, CCCCC executive director. "We are very excited to build our education and research infrastructure with the addition of this important technology project for addressing the impacts of climate change on the Caribbean ecosystem."
The customized YSI EMM 2000 buoys will measure, record and transmit real-time water quality and meteorological data as key components of a Coral Reef Early Warning System(CREWS).
|A buoy being installed|
Long-term monitoring of environmental conditions in the Caribbean will help researchers track the health of coral reefs, among the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and mirror similar systems already installed at key reef sites in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Data will allow development of climate models and ecological forecasting in coral reef ecosystems.
The Xylem products included in the CREWS system include the YSI EXO2 water quality sondes; SonTek Argonaut XR velocimeters; meteorological sensors and cellular or GOES satellite telemetry. The stations will take long-term measurements of sea temperature, depth, salinity, algae, turbidity, dissolved organic matter, as well as wave velocity and weather data. Data acquisition systems on the buoys will gather and transmit the data. Solar panels will power the entire system.
Caribbean researchers and scientists from national and regional universities, government coastal marine research departments and non-governmental organizations are expected to use and benefit from the data to be generated by the CREWS stations. The CREWS system will be expandable with additional sensors and parameters -- such as CO2 and underwater photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) -- to accommodate visiting researchers who later join the collaborative project.
The CCCCC will work with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and YSI to install and operate this network, beginning in spring 2013.
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Xylem’s analytics businesses are leading manufacturers of premium field, portable, laboratory and online analytical instruments used in water and wastewater, environmental, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and life science applications. The company’s meters, sensors, analyzers and related consumables are used every day by thousands of end-users worldwide to analyze and control quality in countless industrial applications where precise measurement is required. Xylem’s analytics business has been created over the past three years with a series of acquisitions, including OI Analytical, YSI and MJK Automation, which have been added to the core businesses of WTW, SI Analytics, Aanderaa Data Instruments (AADI), Global Water Instrumentation, ebro and Bellingham & Stanley. www.xylemanalytics.com.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2012 revenues of $3.8 billion and 12,700 employees worldwide. In 2012, Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.