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Guidelines for the Operation and Computation of Records of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors

Course code: USGS-OED-QW2298
Course title: Guidelines for the Operation and Computation of Records of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors
Description: The U.S. Geological Survey uses continuous water-quality monitors to assess conditions in surface and groundwater. Careful selection of site location, installation type, and sensor type is required to obtain accurate observations. Sensors that are used to make water-quality observations, typically temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity, require careful cleaning, calibration, and record-keeping procedures to insure accurate, high-quality records.
This course presents the concepts and procedures for site selection and operation, record computation and data reporting for continuous water-quality monitors as outlined in Techniques and Methods Report Book 1, Section D3 titled “Guidelines and Standard Procedures of Continuous Water-Quality Monitors Station Operation, Record Computation and Data Reporting”. Instruction focuses on techniques for surface water monitoring including estuarine monitoring, approaches to records correction and computation, and records processing procedures in NWIS-TS using AQUARIUS. Lectures and exercises will address all aspects of site operation and record computation. The class will cover some basic site operational techniques but will focus on techniques for producing high-quality water-quality measurements, applying records computation procedures, and meeting USGS requirements for records publication and archive.
Before taking QW2298, students are required to have at least 1 year of experience working with water-quality monitors and have taken the online course USGS-OED-C1871-UDT, AQUARIUS for All Users. Students are also encouraged to take the course titled "Water Quality Instrumentation: Operation, Calibration, and Maintenance" (USGS-W-16-322). This course is for those needing hands-on training for techniques and tools necessary to properly calibrate and maintain water-quality instruments and record accurate, well-documented water-quality records.
Target Audience:
This course is designed for those involved in the collection and processing of continuous water-quality monitoring data. Data chiefs, field office chiefs and project chiefs who wish to better understand the complexity of continuous water-quality monitoring and records computation are also encouraged to attend.
Delivery method: ILT
Instructional hours: 0
Credits/CEUs: 0
Vendor: USGS
Additional Course Tuition Information:Please call the Payment Line: 888-390-4447
Contact:Pat Rasmussen 785-832-3542 or Callie Oblinger 508-490-5010
Internal Tuition:$1,000
Prerequisites:Must first complete USGS AQUARIUS for all Users (UDT) (Course Code: USGS-OED-C1871-UDT).
Requires Approval:Yes
Responsible Bureau:U.S. Geological Survey

Class Name Class Start Class End Location Contact # Seats Left Cost Registration
USGS-2018-0326-Denver, CO 2018-03-26 2018-03-30 Denver Federal Center
USGS Hydro Room E2309/E2311 (Bldg. 53)
Patrick Rasmussen
2 $1,000.00 Register
USGS-2018-0312-Tucson, AZ 2018-03-12 2018-03-16 USGS Arizona Water Science Center (AZ WSC)
Patrick Rasmussen
1 $900.00 Not Open

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