A Compendium of Sensors and Monitors and Their Use in the Global Water Industry
Published:01 Jul 2013
J. van den Broeke, L. Carswell, L. Cade, J. Rosen, and C. Swartz, in Water Contamination Emergencies: Managing the Threats, ed. U. Borchers, J. Gray, K. C. Thompson, K. C. Thompson, U. Borchers, and J. Gray, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013, pp. 361-364.
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Understanding and monitoring the quantity and quality of the world's most precious resource is essential. Currently, the most common method of analysis of water quality consists of (grab or composite) sampling followed by laboratory investigation. This approach fails to fully indicate the dynamics of water quality, since it only provides snapshots of specific points in time. Furthermore, due to the delays in transportation, sample preparation and analysis, it only reveals a history of water quality, and not its current state.