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Chapter A6. Field Measurements

National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data (TWRI Book 9)

6.8 Use of multiparameter instruments for routine field measurements

By Jacob Gibs, Franceska D. Wilde, and Heather A. Heckathorn

This section of Chapter 6 is available as a pdf file:
6.8, (dated 3/2012) [1.70 MB PDF]

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The miniaturization of sensors and other technological advances in electronics have resulted in water-quality instruments that house multiple sensors capable of simultaneous readings for various field measurements in environmental waters. This section addresses the short-term or discrete-measurement use of portable multiparameter instruments.


6.8 Use of Multiparameter Instruments for Routine Field Measurements

6.8.1 - Equipment and supplies

6.8.2 - Calibration

6.8.3 - Measurement

6.8.4 - Troubleshooting

6.8.5 - Reporting

6.8.6 - Selected references

6.8.7 - Acknowledgments

Appendix 6.8-A - Example of a USGS field form for recording sensor calibrations and field measurements

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Citation for Section 6.8:

Gibs, Jacob, Wilde, F.D., and Heckathorn, H.A., 2007, Use of multiparameter instruments for routine field measurements (ver. 1.1): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6, section 6.8, August, accessed__date__ from

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