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Michigan Tech Deploys Under-ice Research Instruments in Frozen Portage Waterway


By Jennifer Donovan


Last Modified 2:37 PM, March 27, 2015

GLRC and Alliance for Coastal Technologies scientists lower test instruments and a video camera under the ice in the Portage Waterway.

January 12, 2015—

Research partners from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii joined Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) scientists and engineers to deploy 17 under-ice research instruments 16 feet below the frozen Portage Waterway last Friday afternoon.

The instruments included an underwater video camera, water testing equipment, a hydrophone and an underwater light sensor.  The research, which will go on through April, is part of an Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT)  study for which Michigan Tech was selected as the winter study site.

The GLRC is testing eight dissolved oxygen sensors for ACT, a partnership of research institutions and private sector companies working together to develop effective and reliable sensors and other technologies for use in coastal, fresh water, and ocean environments.

Chemistry Professor Sarah Green will analyze the results of the oxygen sensor tests.  

Dan Schar from the University of Hawaii and Heidi Percell from the University of Michigan joined Guy Meadows, Mike Abott, Jamey Anderson, Colin Tyrell and Foad Yousef from the GLRC during the deployment.  

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