Water quality monitoring
for inland reservoirs

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Automated and remote monitoring

AMMER helps to monitor inland reservoirs water quality thanks to a fully remote evaluation of the concentration of phytoplankton. 

  • Thanks to the use of satellite images, the assessments of phytoplankton concentration are fully automated and remote (no lab measurements)

  • Process automation and the use of satellite images allows for a high frequency of measurements (even daily, for large reservoirs) at the fraction of the cost of lab measurements

  • In combination with the web application, it allows e.g. users of the recreational lakes and their administrators to objectively assess the condition of water from any location

AMMER (“Automated Method for Measuring Eutrophication of Inland Water Using Remote Sensing”) was an R&D project commissioned by the European Space Agency, developed within the FP Space consortium. 

Project participants

FP Space

The Central Mining Institute

Stanisław Staszic Scientific Association

Phytoplankton concentration changes visible in the system

Launch of the system

Basic version

Even from day one of the system deployment, we can use our wide application proprietary algorithms to deliver concentration information to the users

Lab measurement

Next, with the help of lab measurements of the reservoir’s water, characteristics of the reservoir are determined and a dedicated algorithm is built offering greater accuracy

Final version

Equipped with the dedicated algorithm, a final version of the system is delivered, processing new satellite images and delivering precise phytoplankton concentration data


Next season

The system can deliver accurate measurements for many subsequent seasons, however, due to possibly changing characteristics of reservoirs, additional lab measurements might be recommended

System operation

The AMMER system automatically downloads new satellite images whenever they appear and generates information on phytoplankton concentrations. The current source of images is the Copernicus programme (ESA) and SENTINEL satellites. This means that for most regions of Poland, new measurements are available every 5-6 days. 

The concentration of phytoplankton is then presented on a map in a simple and easy to understand way. Unlike laboratory measurements, the concentrations are visible for the entire reservoir – not just a single measurement spot. 

Thanks to this, e.g. people using recreational lakes and their administrators know what’s the water condition in the entire reservoir, not just a limited area within. 


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