Wireless sensor networks to monitor the health of soil, waterways, the atmosphere and wildlife.

Nature and technology are often portrayed as opposites, but the Internet of Things is bringing them together in a new kind of harmony. Networks of small, wireless sensors can be deployed in any ecosystem — oceans, forests, wetlands — while cloud-based data platforms connect researchers, conservationists and regulators to real-time data about the health of the environment. These systems not only increase our understanding of the ecology, but help protect plants, wildlife and humans, too.

This Channel Guide will help you:

  • Learn about different kinds of environmental sensors and their application.
  • Discover projects that are using IoT technologies to study and monitor ecosystems.
  • Identify the best tools and products for creating your own environmental monitoring network.

Wildlife and Habitat Monitoring

Led by ecologists in academia and government agencies, these projects are deploying sensor networks into a variety of environments. Fleets of low-cost sensors, some in the form of autonomous robots, offer an unprecedented level of detail about these ecosystems and help direct future research efforts.​


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Intelligent River

One of the long-term goals of the project is to develop a low-cost, flexible system that could be deployed in a variety of environments to monitor...

Oyster Sensor Network

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Floating Sensor Network

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Geologic Monitoring

Accelerometers have proved a decent proxy for high-tech seismic sensors, and several efforts are underway to build early warning systems for earthquakes using crowdsourced data. Drawing on many data points improves the quality of predictions for where and when tremors will be felt, and automating the alert systems means word gets out faster and to more people.​


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Brinco — a consumer-friendly device that leverages a custom-built motion sensor alongside the power of the IoT, to create a crowdsourced early...

Products and Tools

Looking to deploy environmental sensors for your own ecological monitoring project? Here are some options of hardware built for just that purpose.​

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Some of the most basic sensors in IoT products collect weather data, like temperature and humidity. Many research projects and even some commercial companies are using these sensors, and more sophisticated weather monitoring equipment, to collect highly localized data and improve forecasting.​


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