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Velocity Meter Deployments

Mounts for index velocity meters should meet the following criteria:

Example deployments available on this page:

Speed Rail

Speed Rail is aluminum structural pipe fittings and a popular material in which to construct index-velocity meter mounts. It can be ordered direct or from a local supplier

Examples of Side-Looking Deployments

The following are illustrations and descriptions of actual mounts used at index-velocity stations.

Florida Bay USGS Gage and Mounts


Miami, Florida USGS Mount


Tampa, Florida USGS Mount


Indiana Bridge Pier Mount


I-beam Mounts


California Side-looking Mount


Under-Ice Mount

Examples of Upward-Looking Deployments

Illustration of Bottom Mount with Recovery Buoy


Sea Spider from OceanScience, Inc.


PVC Pipe Bottom Deployment