IBM makes lakes smart to protect their waters

Sep 01, 2015 | written by:

The lakes, those mirrors of fresh water so important for humans and animals, are very complex ecosystems, and we must preserve them. In what way? IBM has decided to use big data.

Thus, the Research Institute of IBM, in collaboration with scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Fund for Lake George, have developed a monitoring system to collect all sorts of data, practically in real time, on the chemical and physical parameters the lake, in the State of New York. Through these sensors will be monitored oxygen levels, the replacement of water, the situation of the seabed and some physical parameters such as temperature. So as to have a picture in real time of the state of health of the lake and its waters, in order to intervene promptly if necessary.

The stretches of water such as Lake George are the most important freshwater reserves in the world, valuable for people, essential to life and to keep alive the economy, but they are under siege from a growing number of threats” said Harry Kolar, IBM distinguished engineer and associate director of the Jefferson Project. "Together, we will make great strides in understanding how the lakes behave naturally and how human activities affect biodiversity, the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and the overall quality of water" said this time Rick Relyea, who for years dealing with the monitoring of the lake.

Here's an example of how big data can also be useful when applied to the conservation of biological systems and natural habitats.

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