A research team at San Diego State University is building floating artificial reef structures to study and restore coral reefs. To choose optimal study locations, they needed to know flow patterns at different sites.
Building floating coral reef communities to promote reef conservation
The team used the Eco ADCP to get instantaneous current profiles at three different sites. They viewed the data while still in the field and saw which site had the highest flow rates.
The team made an informed decision on the placement of their reef structures, maximizing the chances of coral growth and nearby reef repopulation.