SAFL has a strong legacy of researching, designing, and developing technology and methodologies to collect data and measure fluid flows. We are continually developing new methods and techniques for observing, measuring, logging, and communicating data, such as remote measurement of water flow and chemistry, development of innovative imaging techniques to capture the wake behind a full scale wind turbine, using satellites to determine what proportion of precipitation falls as rain versus snow, detecting and measuring microplastics in rivers and lakes, or tracking wave energy as it moves across a lake or ocean.
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After a 2011 flood caused extensive damage in Minot, North Dakota, MWH Americas, Inc. was hired to design a pumping station as part of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan, to pump stormwater over the river levee during flood events. The applied engineering team at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory was then tasked to build a physical model of the proposed pumping station to identify and mitigate unanticipated/unacceptable flow patterns prior to construction.