The study provides an evaluation of the hydrologic applications of a land-line and two satellite data-relay systems operated during 1977-78 in the Southwest Florida Water Management District. These systems were tested to evaluate operational and reliability characteristics. Telephone lines were used to relay data in the land-line system, and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and Land satellite (Landsat) were used in the satellite system. The land-line system was tested for 15 months at a streamflow site. Accurate data were obtained 94% of the time during the test period. Data losses were attributed to telephone-line interference, low-battery voltage, and vandalism. The GOES system was tested at a rainfall site for 17 months. During this period, 79% of the transmissions received from the station were relayed by the GOES system to the U.S. Geological Survey computer, resulting in successful processing of 88% of all possible rainfall observations. On the average, seven data transmissions were completed each day. The Landsat system was tested at a rainfall site for about 17 months and for about 8 months at a streamflow site. During these periods of operation, only about 2% of all data observations for the stations were successfully relayed by the Landsat system to the U.S. Geological Survey computer. An average of about three data transmissions was completed each day for each site. (USGS).
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Evaluation of remote hydrologic data-acquisition systems, west-central Florida