Mud Wrestling in Vietnam

Researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand deploy Aquadopp Profilers, Vectors, and Vectrinos in the Mekong Delta to gain an understanding of the effect the mangrove system has on currents and waves.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is highly dynamic environment where waves and currents continuously interact with mangrove forests to shape the landscape. So when researchers from New Zealand’s University of Waikato needed to accurately measure these interactions, they counted on Nortek instruments to get the job done right.

Led by Dr. Julia Mullarney of the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, the team recently deployed Aquadopp ProfilersVectors, andVectrinos in the Mekong Delta’s mangroves over the course of several days. Their goal is to understand how the complex mangrove root system affects the currents and waves in the region. The instruments were deployed during low tide and configured to collect high resolution and high frequency data over the course of several tidal cycles in the Delta. Nortek Vectrinos were installed close to the muddy bottom to capture the current’s interaction with the bed, while Nortek Vectors and Aquadopp Profilers were configured to capture wave and detailed current conditions during ebb and flood.

Now back in New Zealand, the team is pouring over the data—which includes videos, photos, chemical parameters, and sediment samples—to decipher the mechanics of the mangrove system and develop accurate models for it.

Special thanks to the University of Waikato for sharing several excellent photos of the deployment. We loved their photos so much that we've created an album of them on our Facebook page:

Special thanks to the team from the University of Waikato led by Dr. Julia Mullarney along with researchers from the University of Washington...

Posted by Nortek on Wednesday, June 10, 2015