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Sensors 2005, 5(1), 103-117; doi:10.3390/s5010103

Environmental Studies with the Sensor Web: Principles and Practice

1,* , 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2 and 2
1 NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099, USA 2 Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 4 October 2004 / Accepted: 5 December 2004 / Published: 28 February 2005
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Environmental Monitoring)
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In 1997, the Sensor Web was conceived at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)to take advantage of the increasingly inexpensive, yet sophisticated, mass consumer-marketchips for the computer and telecommunication industries and use them to create platforms thatshare information among themselves and act in concert as a single instrument. This instrumentwould be embedded into an environment to monitor and even control it. The Sensor Web’spurpose is to extract knowledge from the data it collects and use this information to intelligentlyreact and adapt to its surroundings. It links a remote end-user's cognizance with the observedenvironment. Here, we examine not only current progress in the Sensor Web technology, butalso its recent application to problems in hydrology to illustrate the general concepts involved.
Keywords: Sensor Web; network; wireless; hydrology; flood. Sensor Web; network; wireless; hydrology; flood.
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Delin, K.A.; Jackson, S.P.; Johnson, D.W.; Burleigh, S.C.; Woodrow, R.R.; McAuley, J.M.; Dohm, J.M.; Ip, F.; Ferré, T.P.; Rucker, D.F.; Baker, V.R. Environmental Studies with the Sensor Web: Principles and Practice. Sensors 2005, 5, 103-117.

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