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Equipment Type Vocabulary

A vocabulary for describing types of equipment used for making observations. Examples include sensors, batteries, radios, dataloggers, samplers, etc.

Term Name Definition
antenna Antenna An electrical device that converts electric power into radio waves and vice versa.
automaticLevel Automatic level A survey level that makes use of a compensator that ensures the line of sight remains horizontal once the operator has roughly leveled the instrument.
battery Battery A device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy.
cable Cable Two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted, or braided together to form a single assembly.
camera Camera A device used to create photographic images
chargeRegulator Charge regulator An electroinic device that limits the rate at which electric current is added to or drawn from electric batteries.
datalogger Datalogger An electronic device that records data over time or in relation to location either with a built in instrument or sensor or via external instruments and sensors.
electronicDevice Electronic device A generic electronic device
enclosure Enclosure A cabinet or box within which electrical or electronic equipment are mounted to protect them from the environment.
fluorometer Fluorometer A device used to measure paramters of flouroescence, including its intensity and wavelength distribution of emission spectrum after excitation by a certain spectrum of light.
globalPositioningSystemReceiver Global positioning system receiver A device that accurately calculates geographical location by receiving information from Global Positioning System satellites.
interface Interface A device used to couple multiple other devices.
laboratoryInstrument Laboratory instrument Any type of equipment, apparatus or device designed, constructed and refined to use well proven physical principles, relationships or technology to facilitate or enable the pursuit, acquisition, transduction and storage of repeatable, verifiable data, usually consisting of sets numerical measurements made upon otherwise unknown, unproven quantities, properties, phenomena, materials, forces or etc.
levelStaff Level staff A graduate wooden, fiberglass, or aluminum rod used to determine differences in elevation.
mast Mast A pole that supports sensors, instruments, or measurement peripherals.
measurementTower Measurement tower A free standing tower that supports measuring instruments or sensors.
multiplexer Multiplexer A device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals and forwards the selected input into a single line.
powerSupply Power supply An electronic device that supplies electric energy to an electrical load. The primary function of a power supply is to convert one form of electrical energy to another (e.g., solar to chemical).
pressureTransducer Pressure transducer A sensor that measures pressure, typically of gases or liquids.
radio Radio A device that transfers information via electromagnetic signals through the atmosphere or free space.
sampler Sampler A device used to collect specimens for later ex situ analysis.
sensor Sensor A device that detects events or changes in quantities and provides a corresponding output, generally as an electrical or optical signal.
solarPanel Solar panel A photovoltaic module that is electrically connected and mounted on a supporting structure. Used to generate and supply electricity.
stormBox Storm box An enclosure used to protect electronic equipment used for stormwater sampling.
totalStation Total station An electronic and optical instrument used in modern surveying and building construction. A total station is an electronic theodoloite integrated with an electronic distance meter to read slope distances from the instrument to a particular point.
tripod Tripod A portable, three-legged frame used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of some other object. Typically used as a data collection platform to which sensors are attached.
turbidimeter Turbidimeter A water quality sensor that monitors light reflected off the particles suspended in water.
waterQualitySonde Water quality sonde A water quality monitoring instrument having multiple attached sensors.