Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr Peter Snell of The Department of Physics and Space Science have published a study of water flow in Picton Bay.
Using GPS-powered drifters, researchers have been able to obtain measurements of how water moves through the bay. The drifters are pulled around by the local currents and continually broadcast their locations over the internet.
Municipal water intakes, located about 3.3 meters under the surface near the South end of Picton Bay, are vulnerable to risks from contamination, harmful algal blooms, and other water quality threats from a changing ecosystem due to climate change. Drifter measurements, combined with water-flow models, allow for better management of these risks.
For further information, see Protecting Drinking Water in the Bay of Quinte With Help from GPS Drifters.