Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) offer a well-proven and highly effective method for River Discharge Monitoring. ADCPs can help you to obtain accurate discharge measurements in a variety of sites ranging from small streams to the largest of rivers.

Location and Date:

Online! (A version of this course with a fieldwork element may be on offer from summer 2021 onwards)

Spring 2021

4 half days (3 days 9:30 – 1 pm and half a day self-paced learning)

Please express your interest for a future course here, so we can fix a date

Cost:

Students: £449

Professionals £499

Field trip add-on £99/£149 (1 day)

(The above costs are for the Early Bird period, thereafter £50 more)

Short Course Description:

This very practical training workshop is for new starters and moderately experienced ADCP users alike.

We will provide a live interactive learning experience via Zoom with virtual breakout rooms. We will also provide recorded videos demonstrating several of the field techniques. These will show deployment of equipment and collection of river discharge measurements with ADCPs.

The course will introduce you to how ADCP instruments work. You will learn how to collect river discharge measurements with ADCPs from both Teledyne RD Instruments and Sontek. You will work with data we previously collected using remote controlled boats and unpowered deployment platforms, with a strong focus on the processing and validation of the data. You will also learn how to trouble-shoot problem data files, and are encouraged to submit your data for analysis within the course.

You will also learn how ADCP data can help enable the effective use of other river flow measurement techniques, such as surface velocity methods. .

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to…

  1. Understand the principles of ADCP technology
  2. Understand how to use ADCP instruments for river discharge measurements
  3. Choose the best instrument for a given site
  4. Decide how and where to make a discharge measurement with an ADCP
  5. Undertake river discharge measurements with an ADCP
  6. Review, process and validate ADCP river discharge measurements
  7. Understand how information collected with ADCPs can help enable the use of other river measurement methods, such as surface velocity techniques

Hardware and Software requirements:

We will use two specialist software applications for the reviewing and processing ADCP data:

TRDI WinRiverII  [registration for a free account required]
Sontek RiverSurveyorLive 

You can install this software for free on your computer. We will provide guidance on how to download and install this software on your computer with the Joining Instructions

Please note, the TRDI and Sontek software applications run on the Windows operating system only.  

You will need a laptop, desktop or Windows tablet. If you use a tablet, a mouse and keyboard will make operating the ADCP software much easier. A second computer screen is helpful for the Zoom sessions, but not essential.

We will use Zoom for the interactive online learning. You do not need a Zoom account to join. Please check if your device is compatible with Zoom and if you can download the mini Zoom programme here: https://ukri.zoom.us/test 

We list a number of guidance documents on how to use Zoom on our FAQ page. We will also explain all Zoom functions at the start of the course.

Places: 

max 16  learners per event

Level:

Beginner to Intermediate

Course Leader:

Nick Everard, Senior Hydrometric Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Nick has been an internationally renowned expert on ADCP technology for over 15 years. He has successfully delivered training courses on river monitoring with ADCPs for over 10 years. Nick’s expertise covers all models of ADCP from both of the market-leading suppliers. Nick is able to provide all the skills and understanding needed for effective operational river flow monitoring.  

Target Audience:

  • Monitoring agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales  and SEPA
  • Rivers Trusts
  • Consultancies engaged in river monitoring and assessment work
  • Scientists and Hydrologists
  • Academics, including PhD students

Please express your interest in a future course here, so we can fix a date

If you would like to arrange for an in-house training workshop on this topic, please contact Dr Ingo Schüder  UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk or call 01491 69 2225