Your Water Quality Minded Peers are Reading These Top 10 YSI Blog Posts of 2015

We love providing insight in our blog posts. We're blogging away about instrumentation tips and tricks for better data, how your colleagues are using products in their daily jobs, and updates to products you may already have. blog-logo-top-10-for-2015.jpg

Here, we've compiled our top 10 visited blog posts of 2015 in one location to make it easier for you to find who's reading what. Here is the top 10 list. We hope you enjoy and feel free to leave us a comment below.

10) Anatomy of a pH Electrode | Glass pH Probes | Part 1 of 4

A typical pH electrode consists of several unique structures, each of which can be seen in Figure 1 of the post. The principle components are the electrode body, pH-sensitive glass membrane, reference electrode (i.e. reference system), reference electrolyte, and the reference junction.

9) pH Meter Calibration Problems? Check Out These 12 Tips!

You want good pH data. Who doesn’t? You deserve good data, but for good pH data you need to calibrate. You need to calibrate well and calibrate often. For more precise pH measurement, you should calibrate before each measurement, but a good rule of thumb to follow is to calibrate your pH meter at the beginning of each day.

If, for some reason, your pH probe is not calibrating these 12 tips should remedy the problem.

8) 5 Tips to Prevent Costly Mistakes with Your Sondes | Tip 2 of 5

Last year, we surveyed sonde users across the globe, posing the question: “What is your greatest challenge as a monitoring organization?” The top response was data loss.

7) Why is the pH Scale Logarithmic?

Because of the difference between concentration and activity, the measurement of pH cannot be directly based on the concentration of hydrogen ions in solutions.

6) Is pH the Measurement of Hydrogen Ion Concentration or Ion Activity?

Solutions with a relatively high concentration of ions may yield a determination of ion concentration that is unusually low. Therefore, solutions begin to behave as if some of the ions are no longer present. This apparent loss of ions is caused by the interaction of ions in solution, ultimately resulting in significant deviations from ideal behavior.

5) Harmful Algal Blooms | What's in Your Source Water [Infographic]

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) are a constant water quality problem during the summer months. Nearly 70% of all drinking water plants in the U.S. pull raw water from surface water sources, so the threat of a toxic bloom impacting drinking water supplies is real. Remember Toledo? Check out this infographic from YSI to gain a better understanding of the risks presented by HABs and how a continuous monitoring solution can help protect you.

4) pH Measurement Methods - Advantages and Disadvantages

There are potentiometric and optical methods for determining the pH value. The potentiometric methods relate to the measurement of electrical voltages on pH-sensitive electrodes.  Optical methods involve the visual and photometric analysis of pH-dependent color changes.

3) Automation Fine-Tunes Aquaculture Production Efficiency & Increases Profits

Efficiency is the key to success in shrimp production—creating the conditions for shrimp to efficiently convert nutrients into body weight, and running a business that achieves that conversion efficiently. The NaturalShrimp Company, on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, has turned efficiency into an art form, supplying an eager market with weekly harvests of fresh, chilled shrimp.

2) What is Affecting Your Dissolved Oxygen Measurements | Part 1 of 4

Drum roll please.....the most significant variable for dissolved oxygen measurements is...

And the number one visited blog post for 2015 on YSI's blog is...

1) 5 Tips to Prevent Costly Mistakes with Your Sondes | Tip 1 of 5

We have worked with our product managers, sales team, and technical support specialists, to identify the top 5 most costly mistakes made with water quality sondes. Your peers identified this as the most common, costly mistake.


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