Task 1: Introducing DTs

One digital technology that I have found to be very innovative as of late, has been the technology they use to calculate the water quality in the lakes, ponds and rivers in Canberra. Identifying blue-green algal blooms in Canberra, can come down to much more than just looking at the colour of the water, or collecting water samples to study. Recent technology has evolved to include the use of an underwater microscope called a CPICS, which captures images of and identifies the microscopic single-cell or colonial alga and cyanobacteria by species and uses artificial intelligence to study the bacteria! Amazing. This solves a problem for me in my day-to-day activities, as I like to take my dogs for swims in rivers and lakes in Canberra and I often swim in them too. It’s also important for people who fish in these lakes or rivers, as it’s important to know the bacteria and blue-green algae levels if you are planning on eating the fish after catching them. It’s important for me personally, to be able to look up the blue-green algae levels online or to look at the signs provided by the ACT Government which inform the general public about the algae levels of the lakes or rivers. However, according to the ACT Government, City Services website:’Sampling for primary contact recreation (Swimming) is intended for submersion of the whole human body and not applicable for domestic animals of varying size who may also drink the water, therefore increasing their exposure level. Tolerance levels for exposure to declining water quality are calibrated to the average human body’s size and weight, domestic pets do not fit within this tolerance zone.’

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