Blue-Green Algae (BGA)

Cyanobacteria blooms along shorelines. Cyanobacteria blooms along shorelines. Michael Knall. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Blue-green algae (BGA), also known as cyanobacteria, can range in colors from blues, greens, reds, and black. BGA can reduce nitrogen and carbon in water, but can also deplete dissolved oxygen when overabundant. Monitoring BGA is important because they pose a serious threat to water quality, ecosystem stability, surface drinking water supplies, and public health through toxin production and the large biomass produced in algal blooms.

Xylem YSI measures blue-green algae in real-time through the in vivo fluorometry technique. This method directly detects the fluorescence of a specific pigment in living algal cells and determines relative algal biomass. The BGA sensor does not receive interference from chlorophyll or turbidity.

Algal Bloom Monitoring in Reservoirs with Vertical Profiler
Monitoring for Harmful Algal Blooms
Drowning in Data, Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms

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YSI EXO1 and handheld

YSI EXO1 Multiparameter Sonde

Capturing accurate data in fresh water, ground water and marine aquatic environments is easy with the versatile multiparameter EXO1 sonde. Ideal for estuarine, surface water or ground water applications.

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YSI EXO2 multiparamter water quality instrument

YSI EXO2 Multiparameter Sonde

The EXO advanced water quality monitoring platform includes the versatile multiparameter EXO2 sonde for oceanographic, estuarine, or surface water applications. Collect data to 250m with the advanced EXO2 sonde – contains six replaceable 'smart' sensors and a central wiper to clean biofouling.

600OMS V2 Sonde

YSI 600OMS V2 Sonde

Measure optical dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, blue-green algae, rhodamine, or turbidity in combination with temperature, conductivity and depth. Designed for use in fresh, sea or polluted waters, the 600OMS V2 data sonde utilizes the field-proven YSI sensors and incorporates innovations in water quality sensor modules that fits into the sonde body.

EXO Total Algae PC Smart Sensor

YSI EXO Total Algae PC Smart Sensor

The EXO total algae PC sensor is a digital smart sensor (chlorophyll & phycocyanin) featuring welded titanium construction and wet-mateable connectors optimized for freshwater use. Complete calibration in less than 15 minutes using EXO's suite of smart sensors and intuitive KOR interface software.

6131 Blue-Green Algae Sensor

YSI 6131 Blue-Green Algae Sensor

The YSI 6131 blue-green algae sensor monitors algal populations at natural levels in freshwater, providing an early warning for bloom conditions.

Seaguard RCM

Aanderaa SeaGuard RCM

The single-point SEAGUARD® RCM series is a completely new generation of current meters based on the SEAGUARD® datalogger platform and the ZPulse® multi-frequency Doppler Current Sensor (DCS). SEAGUARD® Products are based on modern technology and are the basic modules of our underwater observatory. They may be used as a multi-parameter instrument in the sea and in freshwater and feature a modular plug-and-play architecture.

Seaguard II DCP

Aanderaa SeaGuard II DCP

The brand new acoustic profiler joining the SeaGuard family. It features innovative development of the acoustic profiling capacity and an exceptional ability to collect high quality current information on moving and tilting moorings. Available as a self-recording instrument, it also integrates unique real time features to meet your application needs.

Fixed - Vertical Profiling System

YSI 6950 Fixed - Vertical Profiling System

Mountable on a dam, pier, piling, or other stationary location, the 6950 offers user-programmable sample intervals with wireless transmission options. The YSI 6950 is compatible with all YSI EXO and 6-Series sondes equipped with depth, and comes with Profile Wizard software for easy set-up and deployment.

Seaguard RCM Blue

Aanderaa RCM Blue

The RCM Blue is a self-recording Current Meter which measures water temperature in salt or fresh water, and a battery container with battery capacity up to 70Ah. The Doppler Current Sensor is an upgraded version of the proven SeaGuard ZPulse sensor. The instrument configuration and data retrieval is done via Bluetooth which eliminates the need to open the pressure case for repeated deployments.