To establish the dependence between the hydrological and erosive-sedimentary dynamics of a river segment it is very important to have the adequate knowledge of the hydrological regime and to correctly monitor the temporal evolution of fluvial morphodynamics. Similarly, the coupling of water quality monitoring systems to the afore-mentioned systems provides a very important data sets, ehich allows the study of the dependency of the biogeochemical patterns with the physical processes.

IH Cantabria has considerable experience in the use of different methods to monitor flow rates,  sediment dynamics and water quality,  either discountinously, through temporary registers or continuously. The continuous measurements are carried out using systems which may or may not have direct communication with the lab facilitites depending on the requirements and possibilities of installation.

IH Cantabria is currently working on various research projects with several agencies and private companies that are enabling the development of new facilities and monitoring systems. One of the most innovative techniques studies flows using image processing, which uses visual monitoring systems (cameras) with a  specific software to interpret the images obtained. 

Relevant projects

- Development of a prototype system streamflow gauge by means of video imagery images (SAFI)

DATE : 2007
CLIENT: Ministry of Industry, Employment and Technological Development of the Government of Cantabria. Sodercan. TEICAN, Environmental Engineering
TASKS : Installing a video - monitoring system in the lower segment of the river Saja, and obtaining the flow using image analysis.


- Samples for the exploitation of biological control network of rivers from the Hydrographic Confederation of the North in Cantabria

 DATE : 2006-2007
CLIENT: Ecohydros , University of Cantabria
TASKS: Sampling and taxonomic identification of macroinvertebrate communities in Cantabria Operative Network, to determine the ecological status of water bodies corresponding to the Hydrographic Confederation of Biscay.


- Optimization of the monitoring network to study the conservation state of rivers mountainous areas (RECORAM)

DATE : In development until 2012
CLIENT: National Parks autonomous body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
TASKS: Installing a monitoring network that includes video cameras and pressure sensors for flow,
ADCP land lasers to study fluvial morphodynamics , temperature sensors and monitoring of functional indicators (eg river metabolism) 


- Design of a spatial framework for an integrated watershed management (MARCE)

DATE : 2012
CLIENT: National Research Plan. Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
TASKS: Track river habitat features using several monitoring methods with different scopes and precision, to establish key biophysical relationships in integrated watershed management.

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