USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Water Data for the Nation
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Programs at the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Training Course: Water Quality Instrumentation: Operation, Calibration, and Maintenance
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This class is intended for technicians who work directly with water quality (QW) instruments. The theory and background of most QW parameters will be discussed briefly, with most of the class time devoted to hands-on practice. The class will concentrate on the “big five” water quality parameters: Water Temperature; Conductivity/Specific Conductance; pH; Dissolved Oxygen; and Turbidity. Experienced instructors will cover the cleaning, maintenance, troubleshooting, and calibration of QW probes in both a laboratory setting and at a real field site. The most commonly used instruments will be used in the class. Students will interface QW probes to various data collection platforms (DCPs) and will demonstrate the ability to record and retrieve data from these systems. Instructors will show examples of useful field equipment and toolkits that have been assembled by very experienced field technicians. Students will deploy QW probes at an on-site river monitoring station and will perform the setup, field servicing, and data retrieval functions under the supervision of instructors. Other topics covered in the class will include: Site selection for QW probe installations; various deployment/installation techniques for QW probes; CHIMP software usage for handling of field data and quality control; post-processing of QW data; and new trends in QW instrumentation.