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Comparison of automated satellite systems with conventional systems for hydrologic data collection in west-central Florida

Open-File Report 81-1180

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Abstract

This report provides results of reliability and cost-effective studies of the goes satellite data-collection system used to operate a small hydrologic data network in west-central Florida. The GOES system, in its present state of development, was found to be about as reliable as conventional methods of data collection. Benefits of using the GOES system include some cost and manpower reduction, improved data accuracy, near real-time data availability, and direct computer storage and analysis of data. The GOES system could allow annual manpower reductions of 19 to 23 percent with reduction in cost for some and increase in cost for other single-parameter sites, such as streamflow, rainfall, and ground-water monitoring stations. Manpower reductions of 46 percent or more appear possible for multiple-parameter sites. Implementation of expected improvements in instrumentation and data handling procedures should further reduce costs. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Comparison of automated satellite systems with conventional systems for hydrologic data collection in west-central Florida
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
81-1180
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1982
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 27 p., map ;28 cm.