The focus of the outing was using science to influence policy and letting data "speak for itself," which is a major theme of our water quality research. Students measured turbidity and salinity while aboard. The students were also able to learn how about how the river is a giant living being thing that experiences environmental changes constantly.
We find that the ability to conduct research on the boat instead of in a lab is always a positive experience, especially on a beautiful fall day on the Hudson.
Thanks to Professor Patricia Grove and her students for a great outing!
|Captain Lipscomb giving some history of the Riverkeeper boat.|
|Professor Patricia Grove explaining the use of a Secchi disk to measure turbidity.|
|Captain Lipscomb showing students what a "hot" water quality sample looks like once it's processed. The fluorescence indicates Entero growth.|
|Rob Friedman explaining salinity stratification in the river.|