Accession Number:

ADA371084

Title:

Biointerfaces for Two-way Communication to Assess Hazards in the Aquatic Environment.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH FORT DETRICK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

In October 1998, a workshop sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency DARPA convened to discuss the potential for using instrumented aquatic sentinel species to transmit or bring back information relevant to environmental and human health hazards in geographical regions of concern. Workshop participants, including experts in the fields of ecology, toxicology, telemetry, animal behavior, and sensor technology, discussed research on tracking free-ranging aquatic organisms and receiving telemetered information on movement, behavior, and physiological condition. Monitoring systems now functional or under development can monitor physiological parameters such as activity and swimming speed, movement patterns, heart rate, cardiac output, and ventilation rate. Increasingly sophisticated approaches are being developed for interacting with free-ranging aquatic species, and future possibilities include the use of various devices to. direct the movements of aquatic organisms to specific areas of concern. Considering advances in technology that are now or will soon be available, workshop participants discussed how best to implement the use of living environmental biomonitors. Workshop participants were enthusiastic about the future potential for using aquatic organisms to provide timely information on contaminants in freshwater and marine environments.

Subject Categories:

  • Microbiology
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE