ACP & Clonakilty Ag College host high resolution monitoring workshop
On the 12th and 13th of June, the ACP hosted the 3rd international workshop on high temporal resolution water quality monitoring and analysis. The previous workshops were held in Magdeburg, Germany (2014) and Sønderborg , Denmark (2016). In addition to Ireland, attendees travelled from Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, the UK and New Zealand. The first day was held at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Clonakilty during which catchment scientists and managers spoke about their experiences with high resolution water monitoring. On the morning of day two, there was a break out session jointly led by the programme manager Eddie Burgess and Leanne Roche, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) during which participants shared their experiences and discussed the next steps for improving water quality. In the afternoon, participants visited the nearby Timoleague site to see at first hand the groundwater wells and high resolution monitoring at the catchment outlet.
Per-Erik Mellander, ACP Chief scientist added : “This high resolution monitoring of the water quality allows us to understand processes of how nutrients may be lost. The how, when, where and what transfer pathways nutrients have moved in and this is very important if we want to design methods of how to improve water quality.”
Also, it was announced that the next such conference will be held in Uppsala and hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2020. Some images from the two days are available in the below gallery and on our YouTube channel