The Floating Classroom offers two options for collecting physical and chemical water quality data at specific depths from Cayuga Lake. For most groups, our manually-operated Van Dorn samplers are perfect to encourage teamwork and direct collection and measurement of water samples. For more advanced classes, we offer the use of a remote sensor (HydroLab sonde). Field parameters may include:
Level 1- Depth, Temperature, pH
Level 2- Dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity,
Level 3- Alkalinity, carbon dioxide & chlorophyll.
Our goal for most cruises, each research team will collect one or more depth-specific samples, and the results will be combined to create a LAKE PROFILE or a range from the surface to the hypolimnion. This information is directly related to the biological (plankton) and clarity/solar energy penetration (Secchi Disk) observations made at other stations during a cruise.