ERIE Field Equipment
The ERIE program has a variety of field resources available to all ERIE-related faculty and students, ranging from traditional water quality probes to more innovative apparatuses, such as a distributed temperature sensor (DTS) system and an in-situ jet erosion device designed by USDA scientists. A summary of the equipment is described below, along with the process for reserving equipment.
To request use of the field equipment, please fill out the ERIE- Equipment Request Form. You will either be emailed a confirmation for your requested dates or notification of which faculty/student has the equipment reserved during the time, so that you can make arrangements with that individual. If you have any questions, please email Colleen Bronner at cbronner at buffalo dot edu.
Summary of Equipment
Distributed Temperature Sensor System: A Sensornet Oryx distributed temperature sensor (DTS) was acquired as part of an NSF equipment grant. For more information on ERIE’s DTS equipment, click here.
In-situ Jet Erosion Device: The ERIE program owns an in-situ jet testing device, which was developed by the USDA. Its primary purpose is to determine the erodibility coefficient and shear stress parameters necessary for sediment transport calculations (Hanson and Cook 1997) in cohesive sediments. The device’s major components include a head tank for maintaining constant pressure, jet tube, nozzle, point gage and jet submergence tank (Hanson and Hunt 2007).
Surveying Equipment: ERIE has recently acquired a CST/Berger Total Station, which includes a tripod. In addition, the program owns a Trimble GEO XH GPS unit.
Water Quality: For measuring water quality parameters (e.g., specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity)the ERIE program owns the following equipment:
Weather Station: A solar-powered weather station (NexSens WS-100 standalone weather station) is also available to obtain wind speed and direction, precipitation, barometric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity data.
Flow and Velocity Meters: ERIE flow/velocity meters rely on acoustic Doppler technology.
Miscellaneous: Other pieces of equipment include: