In recent years, researchers from the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (Ben-Gurion University) have been conducting a study about the daily, seasonal and multi-seasonal changes in the quality of water in the Yarkon.
The team of researchers includes Prof. Shai Arnon, Zafrir Adar and Noam Yogev who operate the monitoring array and develop algorithms to assess the river’s state of health. Data about the quality of water is measured using advanced sensors which send the data in real time to the researchers and decision makers in the Yarkon River Authority and assist in locating pollution events and making decisions regarding rehabilitative actions in the river.
What does the River Authority learn from this data?
The Authority is interested in understanding how the river behaves along the year, the dynamics of the quality of water in the river, and how it is possible to improve its quality of water. In order to improve the quality of water, it is important to understand the regularly occurring processes in the river, therefore we have created partnerships with different research teams from different universities in the country.
The sensor pack that has been set in the river is one of the advanced in the world and includes about fifteen different parameters through which the health of the river is assessed. The most important index values can be seen in real time.
An explanation about the index values: