Precision Measurement Engineering, a developer of oceanographic and limnologic instrument design, has provided a LakeESP sensor monitoring buoy to the US Geological Survey in 2010. The device will be deployed at the Great Salt Lake.
The LakeESP (Environmental Sensing Platform) is a lake buoy sensor, which can gather water and air measurements on a continuous basis. These data are transmitted through a cell phone to a particular computer to be analyzed and studied.
The system at Great Salt Lake uses many meteorological sensors and PME’s T-Chain. Data collected is transmitted to a USGS specified location once an hour. Water sensors incorporate temperature, pH, PAR, conductivity, pressure and velocity details. The devices also gather measurements below the water surface at predestined depths. Air measurements have temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, barometric pressure, liquid precipitation and average long & short wave radiation.
The Great Salt Lake is a saline lake situated in the state of Utah, United States. The surface area of the lake measures around 1,700sqm and an average depth of 5m.