Specific electrical conductance

Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations 09-A6.3
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Electrical conductance is a measure of the capacity of a substance to conduct an electrical current. The specific electrical conductance (conductivity) of water is a function of the types and quantities of dissolved substances it contains, normalized to a unit length and unit cross section at a specified temperature. This section of the National Field Manual (NFM) describes U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) guidance and protocols for measurement of conductivity in ground and surface waters.

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction
2.0 Equipment and Supplies
3.0 Calibration
4.0 Measurement of Specific Conductance
5.0 Troubleshooting
6.0 Reporting Specific Conductance in Natural Waters
7.0 Applications of Specific Conductance in Surface Water and Groundwater
References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Specific electrical conductance
Series title Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations
Series number 09-A6.3
DOI 10.3133/twri09A6.3
Edition Version 1.2
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description 22 p.
Public Comments The 2018 release in the Techniques and Methods series supersedes two earlier editions in the Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations series. Version 1 was released in 1998 and version 2 was released in 2005. More details are in the version history document.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y