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A Brief History of Stevens’ 116 Year Chart Recorder Legacy

The legendary mechanical chart recorder for environmental monitoring dates back to 1911, when John C. Stevens invented the Type A chart recorder. In 1906, J.C. Stevens was the Hydrographer for the USGS out of Portland, Oregon, and was soon promoted to District Engineer. While with the USGS, he realized that hiring local citizens to observe…

Stevens Equipment Records Historical Information During Tsunami

On the eve of the discontinuation of Stevens chart recorders, we are republishing the following article about the highest profile contribution that our products have made in their 116 year history. This article was originally published in the Stevens Water Monitor newsletter in 2007. One of the longest lived products in water resource monitoring has…

Enhancements in Meteorological and Hydrological Models Using Soil Moisture Data

It has long been known that there is a strong relationship between soil water content and the health and yield of crops. But only in the past few decades has science quantified the specifics of these relationships. This research has expanded to develop a relationship between soil moisture levels and the impact on meteorological and…

Stevens Introduces New SMART SDI-12/RS-485 Sensors Featuring Integrated Programming to Simplify the Analysis of Data

Stevens introduces two new digital sensors with a smart mix of unique features and an attractive price point. The first in a line-up of rugged digital sensors, they offer built-in processing of measured data, eliminating the need to perform complex calculations to process the data for many applications. Stevens’ Smart PT is a ceramic membrane…

HydraProbe FAQs

Here are 7 questions and answers about using the Stevens HydraProbe. Q: What is the difference between the terms “real dielectric constant” (RDC) and the “real dielectric permittivity”? A: The terms real dielectric constant and real dielectric permittivity are often times used interchangeably and in a matter of speaking, are synonyms to one another. The…

Improved Water Supply Forecasts Using Soil Moisture Data

HydraProbe used to improve water supply forecast from 3 SNOTEL sites in Idaho over traditional antecedent conditions using the principle component forecast model Much of the water in the Western United States used for irrigation, municipal supplies and hydro-electric production originates as winter snow pack at higher elevations. Since the early 1900s, the correlation between…
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