Saving Time with Real-Time Data

For most scientists, measuring quality data is a significant and time consuming part of research. That is where the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) comes in.

Terrebonne Bay Station

Located between an emerging delta to the west (Atchafalaya) and a degrading delta to the east (Mississippi), LUMCON provides hydrological and meteorological measurements for research. Their goal is to increase society’s awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s coastal and marine environment issues.


To help with their measurements, two stations located at LUMCON and Terrebonne Bay, contain a number of Xylem brand instruments. The two specific instruments mentioned were the WaterLOG® (a Xylem brand) Storm 3 Data Logger and YSI (a Xylem brand) EXO2 Sonde.


EXO2 Sonde

The Storm 3 records measurements from EXO2 Sonde sensor suite.


“The EXO 2 helps prevent fouling with copper alloy components and a central wiper for the probe sensors. This helps prolong deployments and improve data accuracy. The new central wiper on the EXO2 works great in keeping fouling off of the sensors,” explained Lora Pride, LUMCON Research Associate, and Holly Herbert, LUMCON Senior Data Manager. Real-time data is then sent from the Storm 3 to the cloud hosted data solution—Storm Central.

“The Storm 3 and Storm Central provide accurate and up to the minute data that we need… many scientists rely on our data for research they have going on. Storm Central can send data requests for specific days and even specific times,” explains Amanda Fontenot, Environmental Monitoring Technician at LUMCON.


LUMCON Station

Addition of real-time data monitoring through Storm Central, adds peace of mind. Graphical and tabular data display allow users to closely monitor and ensure instruments are running properly. Data is easily shared with other scientists through public use of the site or through data files.


“We just log in and select the dates and parameters we want, and it puts it in an excel file for us,” comments Amanda Fontenot. “These [products] are amazing,” she adds.

LUMCON Storm Central Data


Quality data collected from these Xylem brand instruments save scientists the time and hassle of taking water or weather readings. By analyzing the data made available, scientists at LUMCON raise awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s coastal and marine environment issues.


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