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A MONOCLE view of water quality monitoring

During August, the international research team of the MONOCLE project gathered around Loch Leven in Kinross, Scotland for their first field campaign. MONOCLE (Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical Monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries), led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, is developing water quality observation solutions using a combination of satellites, buoys, ships, drones and hand-held devices.  Field instruments were tested throughout the week alongside citizen science techniques, including FreshWater Watch.


You've helped us collect the 20,000th water quality records in Earthwatch’s effort to improve the health of our rivers and lakes!

Over 10,000 enthusiastic volunteers and scientists measured more than 3,000 lakes, streams, ponds and wetlands gathering data to support local and regional partnerships between scientists, businesses, environmental agencies, decision makers, NGOs and citizens. 

Sharing preliminary Water Blitz results

More than 700 people have taken part in Earthwatch's first three Water Blitzes of 2018, and we share the first results!

Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada - A Freshwater Catalogue Story

The occasional Diaries of a Salt Spring Island Freshwater Catalogue, February 2018 to...

This is the occasional diary of the trial, tribulations and successes in developing a FreshWater (resource) Catalogue for Saltspring (or Salt Spring) Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the planet. Saltspring Island(SSI) is one of the Gulf (or Salish) Islands, located in British Columbia in the southwestern corner of Canada, in an area known as the Salish Sea.  The island has a northern mediterranean climate (read very wet winters and long dry summers) and, as a result, has seasonal water challenges.

The SSI FreshWater Catalogue (SSIFWC), a project under the auspices of the Water Preservation Society (WPS), the first month(s) and years...

Earth Day 2018: celebrating FreshWater Watching

Earth Day 2018: we have walked along the Pesa River talking about FreshWater Watch and sampling to an amazing group of 30 motivated, interested people, from 7 to 70 years old. Great experience! Thanks to an ecologist, Marco Lebboroni, we could also look at the health of the ecosystem in its whole, sampled for macroinvertebrates and talked about how to preserve our environment. Thanks to everyone who participated!