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Green Infrastructure Monitoring Solutions

What is Green infrastructure?

“Green infrastructure” is a term used to describe building, design and water management practices that mimic the natural, pre-development water cycle of a developed site. In North America green infrastructure development practices are commonly referred to as “low impact development”. 

Every road or building that is built changes the hydrological features of a site. This means that significantly less water is absorbed and filtered by soil and plants and held on a site. Instead traditional grey water systems carry pollutants from roads and rooftops to stormwater systems. In heavy rains this can cause waterway pollution, combined sewage overflows, erosion, and a number of other issues downstream. More and more municipalities are taxing and regulating this runoff because of the burden it puts on stormwater systems and the environmental issues it creates.

Green infrastructure lessens these negative impacts by more closely mimicking the natural, pre-development water cycle. Not only does green infrastructure provide benefits in the water cycle by storing water locally, it improves the energy efficiency of buildings, and provide the social benefits of green space.

Why Decagon?

Green roofs retain stormwater, while bioswales and rain gardens improve water infiltration and water quality. The question is, how well? We research, design and create the environmental sensors that help quantify the effectiveness of am ecosystem design by providing a green infrastructure monitoring solution. 

Not only do we believe that green infrastructure is beneficial, but we can help you prove how effective it really is. Take a look around, and let us know if you have any questions.

Green Infrastructure Newsletter
Find out about new products, green infrastructure products, research and more.
What Decagon instrumentation provides, is a very nice toolbox of sensors that we can apply to quantify ecosystem services.
John Lea-Cox
- Systematic Sensing | President and Managing Director
Decagon offers seamless integration, strong product support, low power-consumption instruments, and a short learning curve for their instrumentation.
John Buck
- Project Manager | Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
For understanding how green roofs function in the landscape— where you have multiple sites, and replicates at each site— Decagon is the most cost-effective.
Olyssa Starry
- Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology | Portland State University
The DualHead Infiltrometer | Automated Infiltration Measurements
An Example of Innovation
Measures saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kfs) automatically, without having to sit and watch.
Measures saturated hydraulic conductivity, without wasting water.
The complete infiltration head, control unit, collapsable water container, and necessary tubing are all you need to bring into the field.
Stainless steel insertion rings and infiltration head, along with a weather resistant control panel make this the ideal instrument for long-term use.
An internal capacitance sensor maintains the correct pressure heads throughout the course of the measurement.
Pressure Heads
Measures two user-defined pressure heads over the course of a single measurement.
Developed and Manufactured in Pullman, WA.