LoVoTECS Network


LoVoTECS Network derives from Lotic Volunteer Network with the sensors recording temperature, electrical conductivity, and stage (TECS) is funded by the National Science Foundation through a cooperative agreement to the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive research (EPSCoR) program. The network is coordinated by a group of researchers, staff and students at Plymouth State University and implemented by a broad group of partners, including educators, researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations and citizen scientist. Our goal is to improve our understanding of New Hampshire’s water resources and help develop a technically advanced workforce by providing educational opportunities to interact with large data sets.

Collaborator Kate York from SNHU downloading sensors in the Merrimack River

To accomplish this, we have built  a state-of-the-art, broad scale and high frequency hydrologic sensing network using simple sensors. The sensors continuously collect data at an interval of 3-5 minutes during warmer months and at an interval of 15 minutes during the winter when access is difficult and potentially dangerous.

The majority of the sensor installation took place in the field season of 2012; with some additional sites installed in 2013. The network has been designed to include all watershed sizes, shapes and attributes through 100 paired sites, geographically dispersed statewide in New Hampshire. As the network grows there is potential to cross state lines to include a more regional network.

LoVoTECS volunteers play a fundamental role in maintaining and downloading the sensors, without them the network simply wouldn’t be possible. LoVoTECS has approximately 42 active volunteers that host sensors in 68 independent river or stream systems.

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LoVoTECS Site Map

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Contact Us

Contact Us

January 9th, 2013 by Michael

Center for the Environment

Plymouth State University
Samuel Read Hall Building, 2nd Floor
MSC #63, 17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

phone (603) 535-3179
fax (603) 535-3004