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The Charles River is in the heart of Boston and accessible to millions of people. However, it is presently too polluted for us to take full advantage of its recreational potential (e.g. swimming). Significant improvements in water quality have been made over the past years, but more research is needed. The OUR Charles research program consists of a number of research projects carried out by undergraduate students.


Say Cheese! The sampling crew (from left: Dan, Petr, Ferdi, Craig) stand still for the IKONOS high-resolution satellite on the Charles River.
 

The goals of the OUR Charles program are:

    1.To benefit the Charles River by producing science that can be used for better management of this important resource.

    2.To benefit the students by providing them with (a) general environmental research experience and (b) specific Charles River water quality experience.

    3.To benefit the environmental field by (a) attracting more undergraduate students to the field and (b) shaping undergraduate students to become environmental leaders.
     

News

    New! NEWS FLASH - SUMMER 2008 - POSITION AVAILABLE. Join a sampling crew on their weekly survey onboard the R/V Clean Charles. Your job will be to use a sensor to measure the cyanobacteria (akak blue-green algae) levels. This is a hot and emerging problem in the Charles. For more information on the problem, click here.

    New! The paper of OUR Charles students Will Miller and Kehinde Oshodi is now published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Monitoring & Assessment. The research project looked into using the IKONOS satellite to measure turbidity in the Charles. To access the paper, click here.

    New! The paper of OUR Charles student Benny D.Artista is now published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Modeling & Software. The research project looked into how realistic the hydrology is in the popular copmuter game SimCity. To access the paper, click here.

    New! August, 2005 - Our August 12 satellite-synchronized turbidity survey was an ABSOLUTE SUCCESS! Check out some pictures of ... Getting the boat ready (Will & Dave), Staying the course (Dave), Keeping an eye on turbidity (Will), A picture of us from space (Will, Dave, Ferdi), .