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Guidelines for the Operation and Computation of Records of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors

Course code: USGS-OED-QW2298
Course title: Guidelines for the Operation and Computation of Records of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors
Description: The U.S. Geological Survey commonly uses continuous water-quality monitors to assess variations in the quality of the Nation’s surface and ground water. The sensors that are used to measure water properties such as temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity require careful observations, cleaning, and calibration procedures for the computation and publication of quality records. This course presents the general quality-assurance concepts and theory for record computation and data reporting of continuous water-quality monitors as outlined in Techniques and Methods Book 1, Section D3 “Guidelines and Standard Procedures of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors Station Operation, Record Computation and Data Reporting”. These methods include techniques for estuarine monitoring, approaches to records computations, and procedures using the current version of NWIS. Lectures and exercises will cover all aspects of site operation and record computation. The class will cover some basic site operational techniques but will focus on techniques for producing high-quality water-quality measurements, applying records computation procedures, and meeting USGS requirements for records publication and archive.
Those wanting hands-on training for operating continuous water-quality monitors are encouraged to take the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF) course titled "Water Quality Probes: Installation, Operation, Calibration, and Maintenance" (USGS-HIF-QW1638) before taking this course.
Target Audience:
This course is designed for those involved in the collection and processing of continuous water-quality monitoring data. Data chiefs, field office chiefs and project chiefs who wish to better understand the complexity of continuous water-quality monitoring and records computation are also encouraged to attend.
Delivery method: ILT
Instructional hours: 40
Credits/CEUs: 0
Vendor: USGS Water

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