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Coastal Ecology

Coastal zones are rich in biodiversity and valued for their ecological significance and natural resources, often supporting unique and important habitats. Many ecosystems in these areas are also fragile and increasingly at risk from strong growth and development occurring along coastlines.

For this reason, it is vital to study the ecology in coastal regions and understand how these natural systems respond to changing environmental conditions. Data from monitoring programs can offer significant insights for helping better manage and protect these valuable ecosystems.


Water Current Monitoring


Are you looking for a new way to measure current?

Tilt current meters are a reliable and affordable way to measure current and can be used in a variety of settings.

With a Tilt current meter, you will be able to achieve your research goals with ease. These meters are easy to use and are designed for scientists, engineers and other curious people who need accurate measurements.


Applications

The applications of tilt water current meters and data loggers are incredibly diverse, highlighted below are just a few ways to how they have can been used in real-world settings.

 


Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys

A dozen Tilt Current Meters (TCM-1’s) were deployed in the Florida Keys and South East Florida in coral reef habitats.  Lew Gramer, Assistant Scientist with NOAA & The University of Miami's Cooperative Institute, said of the tilt current meters, “they are especially useful because they can show how the water flows over the coral”.

The TCM’s were first deployed in 2015 and are cycled through a 6-month time series to study temperature and flow.  The research team led by Stephanie Rosales and Dana Williams is investigating how water flow is related to the health of the coral.  “ADP’s generally miss the boundary and there is a need for accurate temperature and velocity”, Gramer noted, “The more traditional instruments measure whole water columns and profiles but generally miss coral where they live and experience the flow.  Because the TCM’s are very sturdy, less expensive and easier to deploy they can be packed more densely in areas that are topographically complex”.

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Coral Reef and Seagrass Study in Palau

Stanford University undergraduate students got to work with hands-on field tools under the direction of two lead instructors including Stephen Monismith, the Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering. In the Republic of Palau, students donned snorkeling gear and collected data on the coral reefs and its surrounding ecosystem.

Heidi Hirsh was one of the participants of the Ecology and Management of Coral Reefs of Palau program seminar.  She deployed several tilt current meters (TCM-1's) that "coupled biogeochemical and hydrodynamic measurements to provide a high-resolution record of seagrass productivity”.   A meter was deployed at either end of a 571m seagrass bed in conjunction with Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (ADVs) and Acoustic Doppler Profilers (ADPs).  They were then used "to determine the dominant current flow direction and velocity at either end of the seagrass bed”.'

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Pregnant Spotted Ragged-Toothed Sharks in South Africa

Sharklife Conservation Group deployed Tilt Current Meters (TCM-1's) in iSimangaliso Wetland Park Marine Protected Area to collect temperature and current data, and study the effects these environmental conditions have on pregnant Spotted Ragged-toothed sharks (C. Taurus). These sharks, also known as "Raggies", have a nine-month gestation period and congregate every year in this marine protected area off South Africa from December through March.  The Tilt Current Meter deployment are part of a 3-year study that aims to identify key congregation areas and movement patterns of the pregnant sharks. Understanding the sharks’ spatial and temporal abundance is key to protecting important congregation sites and migratory corridors. The TCM-1's are easy for a diver to carry and deploy and most importantly, are non-intrusive to sensitive habitats and animals.

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Oyster Castle® Reefs on Nantucket

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Town of Nantucket Natural Resource Department had a challenge to find a way to reduce wave and tide impacts at the Medouie Creek salt marsh in Polpis Harbor while hoping to improve the ecological health of the marsh and the harbor.

Dr. Jen Karberg, the Research Program Supervisor with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, has been using Lowell Instrument’s TCM-4 shallow water tilt current meters to monitor the existing conditions and will provide continuous long-term data to see how the reef changes water direction and speed around the salt marsh.

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Tilt current meters & data loggers provide researchers, ecologists, and planners with reliable tools for monitoring coastal and marine environments and assessing potential impacts from human activities and global climate change.


View our range below or contact one of our specialists today to see how we can help you with your next research project.

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Lowell TCM-1 Water Current Meter

The TCM-1 tilt current meter is ideal for measuring water velocity from inland to the edge of the continental shelf. The simple design and lower cost of the TCM-1 make it feasible to measure current in many locations simultaneously.
$2,591.00 (ex gst)

Lowell TCM-3 Deep Water Tilt Current Meter

The TCM-3 is a current meter that is designed to operate off the continental shelf in water up to 4500m depth
$7,718.00 (ex gst)

Lowell TCM-4 Shallow Water Tilt Current Meter

The TCM-4 is a new current meter that is ideal for measuring water velocity in shallow coastal ponds, bays, rivers and tidal flats .
$2,752.00 (ex gst)

Lowell TCM-5 Very Deep Water Tilt Current Meter

The TCM-5 is a current meter that is designed to operate in the Abyssopelagic and Hadalpelagic Zones to a maximum depth of 10,000 meters.
$10,805.00 (ex gst)

HOBO MX2001 - Water Level Bluetooth Data Logger

The HOBO® MX2001 is the industry’s first water level data logger designed for convenient wireless setup and download from mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy.
$0.00 (ex gst)

HOBO U24-002-C - Conductivity/Salinity (Salt Water) Data Logger

The HOBO U24-002-C is a cost-effective data logger for measuring salinity, conductivity and temperature in saltwater environments with relatively small changes in salinity (±5,000 μS/cm) such as saltwater bays, or to detect salinity events such as upwelling, rainstorm, and discharge events.
$1,720.00 (ex gst)

HOBO MicroRX Water Level / Flow Station

The HOBO MicroRX Water Level Station is a cellular, web-enabled water level monitoring solution for stormwater, floodwater, irrigation, hydrologic, and environmental applications
$0.00 (ex gst)

HOBO MX2203 TidbiT - Water Temperature 400' Bluetooth Data Logger

The HOBO MX2203 TidbiT water temperature logger leverages the power of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to deliver high-accuracy temperature measurements straight to your iOS or Android mobile device.
$263.00 (ex gst)

HOBO U20L - Low Cost Water Level Data Logger

The HOBO U20L Series is the industry’s lowest-cost family of loggers for monitoring water level and temperature in both fresh and saltwater, in depths up to 30 Meters.
from $676.00 (ex gst)

HOBO U26-001 - Dissolved Oxygen Data Logger

The HOBO U26 Dissolved Oxygen Logger is a highly precise, low-cost data logger for measuring concentrations of oxygen in lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters. Used by aquatic biologists, hydrologists, and other research professionals, the HOBO U26 combines the high accuracy, robust performance of industry-leading RDO® Basic (Rugged Dissolved Oxygen) sensor technology with an easy-to-maintain design.
$2,765.00 (ex gst)