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3rd International Workshop on High Resolution Water Monitoring

This international workshop on high resolution water quality monitoring is held every second year and was hosted by the ACP in 2018.  In Ireland for the first time, it took place on the 12th and 13th June in Clonakilty, Co Cork. It brought together catchment scientists and managers in an international forum to discuss experiences of high temporal resolution water quality monitoring.

The first day featured presentations at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Clonakilty. On the the second day, a field visit took place to the nearby Timoleague catchment where participants got a first-hand look at high resolution monitoring.

Some presentations (PDFs)


Van Hooydonck



Tuesday 12th June:

09:30 – 12:00 - Session 1
Analysis and understanding of processes. Chaired by: Edward Burgess

09:30 – 10:00 Magdalena Bieroza (Keynote) “Making sense of the sensor data – from in-situ sampling to understanding processes” 
10:00 – 10:15 Lucy Burkitt “High resolution monitoring of nitrate in agricultural catchments – a case study on the Manawatu River, New Zealand” 
10:15 – 10:30 Michael Rode “Assimilatory NO3-N uptake is scale independent across six stream orders in an anthropogenically impacted river network, Germany” 
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee and Posters 
11:15 – 11:30 Per-Erik Mellander “Using high frequency water quality data to assess nutrient concentration trends in apportioned transfer pathways” 
11:30 – 11:45 Emma Lannergård “Non-stationarity in relationships between flow, turbidity and suspended sediment transport: examples from a Swedish mixed-land use catchment” 
11:45 – 12:00 Maria Snell “Characterising stream nutrient resource: the potential of in situ fluorescence in ecological assessment” 
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (College canteen)

13:30 – 15:30 Session 2
Long-term in-situ measurements and water quality modelling. Chaired by: Noeleen McDonald

13:30 – 14:00 Jane Hawkins (Keynote) “The North Wyke Farm Platform - establishing and managing a national capability” 
14:00 – 14:15 Hadewij Sint “The North Wyke Farm Platform: Data Portal and Quality Control” 
14:15 – 14:30 Paul Quinn “National Demonstration Test Platform for Observation and Evidence”
14:30 – 14:45 Jens Fölster “Sensors in environmental monitoring in Sweden - Opportunities and practical experiences” 
14:45 – 15:00 Russell Adams “Modelling flow pathways, sediment and phosphorus fluxes in two contrasting headwater catchments using high frequency monitoring data” 
15:00 – 15:15 Andrew Wade “Model-data fusion in the context of high-resolution catchment measurements” 
15:15 – 15:30 Gavan McGrath “The information content in high-resolution water quality data of reactive constituents for the calibration of Storage Age Selection models with uncertain inputs” 
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and Posters

16:00 – 17:30 Session 3
New techniques, methods and proxies. Chaired by: Per-Erik Mellander

16:00 – 16:30 Paul Floury (Keynote) “Spatial variability of major ions dynamics at storm, day and seasonal scales: River Labs for exploring the critical zone” 
16:30 – 16:45 Rachel Cassidy “Piloting a portable phosphate analyser for in-situ monitoring in an agricultural catchment – initial findings and recommendations” 
16:45 – 17:00 Katarina Kyllmar “Water quality sensors as learning tools in adaptive water management” 
17:00 – 17:15 Pierre VanHooydonck “Monitoring and quantification of suspended-matter transfers in a drained plain agricultural catchment” 
17:15 – 17:30 Andy Vinten “Analysis of turbidity time series data from the Lunan Water catchment, Scotland, using Hidden Markov methods”

19:00 Dinner in Dunmore House Hotel

Wednesday 13th June:

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction - Historical context by John Crowley (Teagasc)

09:30 – 12:00 Session 4:
Discussions. Chaired by Edward Burgess and Leanne Roche (DAFM)

09:30 – 10:30 i) Scientific and technological knowledge gaps, ii) Establishing a monitoring/modelling network, and iii) open discussion. 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Posters 
11:00 – 12:00 Group discussions 
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (College canteen) and travel to catchment 
13:30 – 16:00 Field visit to Timoleague catchment - ACP team







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  • Catchment Science into Policy Briefing - A briefing and discussion on the work of the Agricultural Catchments Programme, its outcomes and their policy implications. 13th March 2015 at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise Offaly, Ireland

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