Data Acquisition Networks

Denis Couillard

DOI: 10.2190/8E7Y-JM79-0U5W-Q8B6


Studies concerning water resources are a central preoccupation in the majority of developed countries. Data acquisition is an important part of these studies. A number of private and government organizations undertake sampling to gain physicochemical and biological data for the evaluation of water quality. However, data acquisition networks are very costly, and it is imperative that any investments made will yield the desired results. This article analyses the methods of data acquisition currently in effect in Belgium and France. For these countries, the groups responsible for data acquisition networks are described through an analysis of their objectives, techniques, successes and failures, efficiency, sources of financing, personnel, and their methods of data treatment.

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