About The Illinois State Water Survey

Bondville Environmental and Atmospheric Research Site

For decades, the Illinois State Water Survey has conducted research and monitoring activities on a University of Illinois Foundation farm four miles south of Bondville in Champaign County. These activities include evaluation and application of equipment and methods to measure climate, meteorological, precipitation, and air quality parameters, including monitoring of:

  • basic air quality (sulfur dioxide, ozone, particulate, organics)
  • precipitation chemistry (major ions and cations, mercury, event based longer term)
  • long-term climate (a long term National Weather Service site)
  • on-site meteorology (wind velocity, air and soil temperatures, dew points, pressure, radiation, etc.)
  • atmospheric visibility
  • solar physics
  • continuous particulate monitoring using chromatographic methods

For information about data availability, or the use of the Bondville Environmental and Atmospheric Research Site (BEARS) for a research project, contact Dr. Sybil Anderson, sybilma@illinois.edu.

The site location and facilities provide atmospheric scientists with a unique and near ideal location for environmental measurements and sample collection. ISWS scientists and numerous colleagues from other organizations use the site for a variety of research projects

Illinois State Water Survey

2204 Griffith Dr., MC-674
Champaign, IL 61820-7463
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