“The Heat is On!” and So Are Lake Erie’s Algal Blooms...

• Water & Wastewater,General

“The Heat is On!” and So Are Lake Erie’s Algal Blooms...

Satelytics was born out of research done at Bowling Green State University to keep drinking water safe for Northwest Ohio and Toledo residents. Lake Erie has long been known to experience toxic algal blooms, which have caused municipalities to warn residents and businesses to restrict or even cease water consumption!

Here is a current look at Lake Erie, with analytics over the Western Basin. Satelytics can detect early harvest of these harmful algal blooms — at their source — for early detection and remediation, allowing professionals to avoid repeating dangerous toxic episodes.

June 30, 2020. Western Basin of Lake Erie, Ohio.

Phosphorous (left) and Phycocyanin (right).

Phosphorous (left) and Phycocyanin (right).

July 8, 2020. Western Basin of Lake Erie, Ohio.

Phosphorus (left) and Phycocyanin (right).

Phosphorus (left) and Phycocyanin (right).

Satelytics’ CEO and President Sean Donegan in response to this year’s bloom had this to say, “Lake Erie has been our petri dish and algorithm-proving grounds. Our geospatial measurements for phosphorous, phycocyanin, and chlorophyll-a, in parts per billion (PPB) concentration, allow the source of the nutrient load to be identified in the adjacent watershed. Our local community is very important to our identity, and we employ an ever-expanding local pool of professionals to work on projects that affect environments and livelihoods across the globe!” Our data offers solutions to authorities as they seek to keep pure water flowing in northwest Ohio.

Satelytics' capabilities are unmatched in the remote sensing world, in that constituents can not only be detected but also QUANTIFIED in parts per million to parts per trillion (PPM-PPT) concentrations! Using the power of the sun shining on land and water, spectral reflectance is measured by sensors onboard satellites, UAV, aircrafts, stratospheric balloons, or fixed cameras. Satelytics’ software processes the infrared data, identifies the unique constituent signature, or surrogate, and supplies our customers with alerts and alarms to the challenges they face.

Satelytics has assisted with water quality projects across the globe.

“Prior to your analysis we were restricted to photo-points on the ground. Your results allowed us a lake-wide perspective. Your analysis contributed to our assessment and communications that the water quality of Lake Britton was improved by our deep-water release.” - Edward Cheslak, Senior Consulting Scientist at a major western power utility company

“Satelytics' invaluable analysis of satellite imagery helps us ensure that we are confident in the results. It’s a huge cost savings in comparison to field testing or comparable modelling.” - Robin Richards, Principal at Ramboll

These projects include heavy metal concentrations for arsenic, barium, copper, manganese, and iron, all in PPB. An exciting new addition to our capabilities, and in its final stages of ground-truthing, is PFAS measurement. PFAS stands for a broad group of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and Satelytics will be able to detect and quantify them in PPT concentrations.

Satelytics detects and quantifies constituents, examining every pixel, every time.

Satelytics detects and quantifies constituents, examining every pixel, every time.

Satelytics Inc., www.satelytics.com, is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multispectral and hyperspectral imagery is gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras, and processed to provide both alerts and qualitative results for our customers. Data can be gathered up to a daily basis, and results are sent to customers within hours. This includes the specific problem, location, magnitude, and even qualitative information, which minimizes cost, impact, and operational disruption for our clients.

Toledo, OH – July 16, 2020. For more information, contact David Dunham, ddunham@satelytics.com, (o) (419) 728 0060 extension #101, (c) (701) 213 0294.

Interested in our newsletter?