Water quality monitoring networks are essential to take over surveillance and control trends of water quality parameters. Collected data, after processing and validation, guide the adoption of preventive/ corrective actions and public investments, define historic backgrounds, provide general information, and support judgements in crisis situations. The session concerns on a wide discussion conducted by professionals in directive positions in national water institutions responsible for the operation of water quality networks in continental-sized countries. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: a brief history of the network, how data is used, lessons learned, operational challenges, and future directions. There will be a strong emphasis on the next generation network, on the techniques and equipment of data collection, and methods of physical-chemical analysis; equipment, parameters to be measured, information processing and applications.
National Water Agency - ANA
National Water Agency - ANA - Marcelo Medeiros
United States Geological Survey
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia
Ministry of Water Resources of China