Open-File Report 95-701
The recent introduction of the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) as an instrument for measuring velocities and discharge in the riverine and estuarine environment promises to revolutionize the way these data are collected by the U.S. Geological Survey. The ADCP and associated software, however, compose a complex sys-tem and should be used only by qualified personnel. Standard procedures should be rigorously followed to ensure that the quality of data collected is commensurate with the standards set by the Water Resources Division for all its varied activities in hydrologic investigations.
Posted April 2010
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Lipscomb, S.W., 1995, Quality assurance plan for discharge measurements using broadband acoustic Doppler current profilers: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95–701, p. (Also available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1995/ofr95-701/.)
Pre-field office procedures
Software and firmware revisions
Configuration file setup
Post-field office procedures
Discharge measurement review
Documentation and archival of discharge measurements
Annual instrument check