Aquaculture, reef studies, sediment transport and more - Choose the right ADV and use it like a pro!

Tagged with: Acoustic Doppler Profiler (ADP), Argonaut-ADV, Floods

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The first Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV) was introduced to the scientific world by SonTek in 1993. It was used primarily in lab environments for controlled studies requiring highly precise single point water velocity data.


Over the years, the ADV family of instruments grew, as well as the locations in which they were being used. Today, while you can still find ADV’s as a standard part of any university hydraulic lab arsenal, you can also find systems actively being used for coastal wave studies, estuarine research and river/stream flow modelling.

Looking ahead, as global concerns over climate, economy and sustainability continue to shape the direction of scientific research, we are only seeing the ADV’s relevance more than ever, in field disciplines as well as the ground-truthing needed for modeling work. Is velocity or flow data relevant to your current research (often it is, though perhaps not your primary goal), and if so, is the ADV? With some examples in timely research themes, we help you answer these questions.

• Why and where acoustic methods for water velocity are still superior in hydraulic and aquatic research.

• Examples of ADVs in the hot research topics of today

• Lessons from the field, helpful tips, practical application-specific advice

• How to choose the right ADV for your application

In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how:

Oregon State University’s Professor Desiree Tullos’ team used high-resolution 16-MHz MircroADV flow field measurements to determine how juvenile fish behaved around artificial logjams in shallow streams.

University of North Carolina’s Associate Professor Christopher Finelli took advantage of his ADVOcean and 16-MHz MicroADV’s small size to measure precise velocities inside barrel sponges and next to reef fish shelters to understand their feeding mechanisms.

VIMS Research Scientist and Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics Program Manager Grace Massey employed low-frequency 5 MHz ADVs on estuarine observing systems to characterize hydrodynamics, sediment concentrations, and sediment settling velocities.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Aquatic Science Biologist Gregor Reid deployed the lightweight Argonaut-ADV from floating aaquaculture platforms to correlate current velocities and ammonium concentrations--critical to innovative, sustainable aquaculture operations.