FerryMon stands for "Ferry Monitoring" program. We use the NC ferry transportation system to monitor and keep a "watch" on water quality.
Some ferries are set up to collect surface water at different times during the ferry's journey. The ferry stores the water until it can be taken back to the lab to be studied.
The ferry also has a set of sensors that measure salinity, temperature, chlorophyll a , and other parameters. This information is sent from the ferry to the lab by cell phone line. The information is then converted to graphs that are sent to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, local water quality and fisheries agencies, researchers and schools for teaching purposes.
Click here to find out "Who" started the FerryMon program.