Current methods of detecting pollutants in water are costly, time-consuming and require specialist technical expertise. However researchers from the University in collaboration with Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England, have created a low cost sensor using 3D printing technology that can be used directly in rivers and lakes for continuous water quality monitoring.
The synthetic diamond supermaterial has the highest known resistance to thermal shock, a very low coefficient of friction and can be used for ultra-precision machining of metals, polymers and optical materials.
Volume reduction of RO concentrate has become one of the hottest topics in desal. As the growth of inland desalination, industrial reuse and the treatment of oil and gas produced waters increases, so has the need to manage and dispose of the resulting brine.
If this sounds like a fairytale, keep reading. Because several start-ups are beginning to tackle problems relating to water. From too much (e.g. waterlogging) to too little. One such innovation is Swajal, which uses solar energy to purify drinking water at an affordable rate.
It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.
Delta Plastics owner Dhu Thompson said the Web-based software is based on an earlier piece of software that was difficult to use. The user-friendly version, called Pipe Planner, took four years of work and "millions" of dollars to develop, Thompson said.
"We're able to use a buoy in the lake to measure different chemical conditions and physical conditions, and that allows us to understand a lot about the ecology of the lake," said Helen Baulch, lead investigator on a project that pairs the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan wit
Scientists are using some sophisticated scientific equipment to analyze hydrology in the Sierra Nevadas and at Yosemite National Park. The data pulled from snowpack in mountains is being used to assess water needs in drought-stricken California.
Led by Dr Rafael Rosolem in the Department of Civil Engineering, the three-year AMUSED (A MUlti-scale Soil moisture-Evapotranspiration Dynamics study) project will monitor soil moisture using cosmic-rays sensors in combination with land surface modelling, satellite remote sensing, and model diagnostics and data assimilation methods.