Recognizing outstanding projects that measure, monitor or improve our understanding and relationship to the environment and its resources.
Sebastian Alegria is a 14 year from Chile who has hacked together a Twitter based regional earthquake alert system. The system uses an off-the-shelf "P" wave (compression wave) QuakeAlarm detector for which provides some added warning time in the case of an emergency through an audible alarm system. Sebastian pulled this detector apart and replaced the internal circuit with an Arduino board, connecting this newly outfitted device to his server and eventually online through the Twitter API. The result? Now the 77,000+ followers on his @AlarmaSismos account are given an extra 5-20 seconds to prepare themselves when the next big one hits.
One of the many DIY projects to flourish in Japan after the earthquake/Fukushima disaster to create crowd-sourced realtime networked geiger counter measurements.
Their first prototype project uses 300 wireless sensors covering more than 1 square kilometer in the southern Sierra to track snowpack depth, water storage in soil, stream flow, and water use by vegetation so that the water can be better managed and allocated.
Harnessing energy from the rise and fall of waves and having its real-time data sent to satellites via its solar instruments the Wave Gliders can travel up to 2500 miles and return home on its own. The system can be outfitted with any number of sensors and can be used to monitor marine habitats, track the speed of ocean currents, detect pollution or discover natural resources.
EOS magazine decided to give Nature the means to talk. A 100 year old tree, living on the edge of Brussels, was hooked up to a fine dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weatherstation, webcam and microphone. This equipment constantly measures the tree’s living circumstances. And translates this information into human language. Then, the tree lets the world know how he feels.
The University of Loughborough’s device, called Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS), detects high-frequency stress waves produced by soil movement. Continuously monitored by wireless communication they can be used to calculate soil movement in real time and send out warnings before an event.
The system provides support for numerous sensors including soil moisture, soil water content, soil temp, solar radiation canopy temperature, wind speed, wind direction, rain, humidity and leaf wetness monitoring for viticulture and agriculture in general. Measurements are made every 15 minutes and relayed back to a gateway/webserver with database where the data is immediately available via the internet.
This project aims to create an open source wildlife tracking collar system to help conservationists protect the last 2000 lions living in the wild in Southern Kenya, and safeguard the Maasai herders cattle, restoring Maasai-land to a working ecosystem. The system consists of a tracking collar that utilizes a GPS/GSM module to locate and track the wildlife and used to communicate the lions coordinates via SMS to researchers and Maasai herders.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) is a network of observing platforms (buoys) that deliver real-time data on weather, water conditions (wave height, etc), and water quality; This data can be freely accessed through mobile devices or online.
A solar powered, wireless communication device for remote monitoring of room conditions, window security, and window performance. The sensor reports solar gain and thermal loss data via RFID signal to allow the HVAC system to evenly adjust the room temperature across all micro climates.
Drawing on information delivered wirelessly from 40,000 weather stations, the WeatherTRAK ET Everywhere service automatically schedules irrigation based on individual landscape needs and local weather conditions resulting in lower water bills and energy savings.
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