More than a year has now elapsed since, following an intuition regarding a state of the art environmental observation technology, Flavio Falcinelli, the owner of Fasar Elettronica and partner of RadioAstroLab of Senigallia, began his daily “stakeout” at the bridge of the provincial road which connects Brugnetto and Bettolelle, in the backcountry of Senigallia (AN).
It is appropriate to say that it has been a long time, or as us italians like to say “a lot of water has passed under the bridge”, in every sense! Sometimes it was very little, as in the summer months, other times it was of a significant quantity, if not dangerous, as following the storm that took place between 16 and 17 November last (as in the initial photo).
Mindful of the events of May 2014, in recent months the engineer Falcinelli has made a considerable personal commitment in the daily collection of photographic and scientific data which, once added and analyzed, has allowed to verify the validity and unquestioned usefulness of the project. After one year we are in fact able to draw some conclusions:
although it is privately funded by the two companies involved, through the use of their own patents and non-commercial products designed and built internally, the information collected is reliable, repeatable, easy to interpret, and suitable to a endless studies and applications related to environmental monitoring (see also the graphs below).
the collection of data on a daily basis with portable instruments (each time manually positioned and removed) has paid-off and has given us the opportunity to test the validity of the equipment used. Now, let’s imagine that we can arrange one or more fixed stations, appropriately “equipped” for outdoor conditions and distributed throughout strategic points along the most problematic waterways…
After witnessing first hand the extent of the information collected, our ambition would be to put all this to use for the citizens and the community; the institutions have not yet given us feedback regarding the presentation of the project. Our proposal would be to set up fixed stations and directly provide the equipment. We are firmly convinced that such a project should be included among the administration’s priorities that wants to provide its citizens with an environmental monitoring that would have a low finalncial commitment and a high level of validity and scope.
BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS ON READING THE GRAPHS
The graphs summarize the variations in the amount of water and moisture content in the three regions of the river basin monitored by the instrument: the first trace (blue) is associated with the course of the river, the second (red) represents the bank of the river, the third (green) a surface of the basin normally dry and sufficiently distant from the river. When the red and green traces tend to converge towards the blue trace, it means that there is a gradual flooding of the river basin. These measurements are obviously well correlated with the trend of the hydrometric level read on the river shaft installed on the bridge pylon (black curve). The purple color curve shows the dynamic variations of the water flow in terms of speed and turbulence, well correlated, together with the previous measurements, with the main triggering cause of alluvial phenomena: atmospheric precipitation, represented in frequency and intensity by the histograms in the last graph.