RIVER RESTORATION INTELLIGENCE AND VERIFICATION (RRIV): DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW-COST, VERSATILE EMBEDDED SYSTEM FOR BROAD-SCALE MONITORING OF WATER QUALITY AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Sensor technology is evolving rapidly, offering new opportunities for environmental data collection. Yet, despite the large number of sensors now available, there is a lack of logging platforms that can be used to operate these sensors in situ. To address this shortfall, River Restoration Intelligence and Verification (RRIV) has developed an environmental data logger that meets the needs of the environmental sensing community. This platform has several advantages that reduce the time, effort, and technical know-how required to deploy environmental sensors. An extensive low-power mode is available, and hardware such as a real-time clock with an independent power source is incorporated. A driver system has been developed that allows users to incorporate sensors into the platform with minimal effort. RRIV loggers also include a command line interface that allows user to add or remove sensors, calibrate sensors, or configure deployments without the need for C/C++ programming, something that is not possible with out-of-the-box microcontrollers such as Arduino and ST Nucleo products. The technology incorporated into RRIV and how it is applied and deployed in the field is described. This includes a description of power consumption. Protocols and descriptions of case construction are also included. RRIV loggers configured to monitor carbon dioxide and methane are used to demonstrate how this platform is used in the field.
- Master of Science
- Forestry and Natural Resources
- West Lafayette