National Coordination and Support for Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Activities
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Subject: OSW Technical Memorandum No. 97.02
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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 13:08:54 -0500
From: "Annette L Ledford, Clerk Typist, Reston, VA "
In Reply Refer To: January 27, 1997
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OFFICE OF SURFACE WATER TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM NO. 97.02
Subject: National Coordination and Support for Acoustic Doppler Current
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce that Kevin Oberg of the
Illinois District will serve as national coordinator of the Acoustic
Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) activities for the Office of Surface
Water (OSW). Kevin will also serve as the initial point of contact for
ADCP support issues. Kevin's ADCP experience includes the measurement of
low velocities resulting from leakage through control structures, record
high flows on the Mississippi River in 1993, and velocity and streamflow
on the Colorado River. He has organized and taught three training classes
on the use of ADCP's for streamflow measurements.
Kevin's responsibilities for the coming year will include the following
* Organize and coordinate ADCP training classes and workshops,
* Assist users with ADCP related questions and problems,
* Assist District offices with developing new ADCP applications and
* Develop independent ADCP testing and quality assurance procedures,
* Test and evaluate ADCP software,
* Evaluate new velocity extrapolation techniques, and
* Represent the USGS in ADCP activities involving other agencies.
Kevin has set up a listserv for exchanging information on ADCP's via
email. To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the words 'subscribe' and
'end' on separate lines as the body of the message. Email can be sent to
everyone on the list by sending email to email@example.com.
The coordination and support for ADCP activities is part of OSW's
continued support of new technology for District programs. For several
years, OSW has sponsored an ADCP work group to provide operational
guidance to users. The work group, including representatives from
Environment Canada and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has put
on three ADCP training classes--two in the United States and one in
Canada. They have planned and commissioned the preparation of three
reports: a quality-assurance plan, an operational manual, and a report on
a verification study. The quality-assurance plan has been published as
Open-File Report 95-701, "Quality Assurance Plan for Discharge
Measurements Using Broadband Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers,"
by Stephen W. Lipscomb. The verification study, comparing ADCP-produced
discharges with stable-rating discharges at 12 gaging stations, has been
published as Water Resources Investigation Report 95-4218, "Evaluation of
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Measurements of River Discharge," by
Scott E. Morlock. The operational manual is in draft form and will be
available shortly. The current members of the ADCP work group are:
W. Scott Gain Florida District firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Lipscomb Idaho District email@example.com
Scott Morlock Indiana District firstname.lastname@example.org
David Mueller Kentucky District email@example.com
Kevin Oberg OSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Thad Pratt USACE Thad.C.Pratt@wes01.usace.army.mil
Mike Simpson California District email@example.com
Phil Zrymiak Environment Canada Phil.Zrymiak@ec.gc.ca
Please feel free to contact Kevin or anyone in the OSW for information or
assistance in matters related to ADCP's.
Thomas H. Yorke
Chief, Office of Surface Water
WRD Distribution: A, B, FO, PO