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