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A DIY Low-Cost Wireless Wind Data Acquisition System Used to Study an Arid Coastal Foredune

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Instituto Universitario de Sistemas Inteligentes y Aplicaciones Numéricas en Ingeniería (SIANI), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Departamento de Informática y Sistemas, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Grupo de Geografía Física y Medio Ambiente. Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global, IOCAG, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Unidad Asociada ULPGC-CSIC, 35017 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(4), 1064; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20041064
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2020 / Accepted: 14 February 2020 / Published: 15 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring)
Environmental studies on coastal dune systems are faced with a considerable cost barrier due to the cost of the instrumentation and sensory equipment required for data collection. These systems play an important role in coastal areas as a protection against erosion and as providers of stability to coastal sedimentary deposits. The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach to data acquisition can reduce the cost of these environmental studies. In this paper, a low-cost DIY wireless wind data acquisition system is presented which reduces the cost barrier inherent to these types of studies. The system is deployed for the analysis of the foredune of Maspalomas, an arid dune field situated on the south coast of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain), for the specific purpose of studying the dynamics of a dune type (tongue dunes), which is typical of this environment. The results obtained can be of interest for the study of these coastal environments at both the local level, for the management of this particular dune field, and at the general level for other similar dune fields around the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: DIY; low-cost sensors; wind sensors; environmental monitoring; arid foredune; tongue dunes; digital elevation model (DEM) DIY; low-cost sensors; wind sensors; environmental monitoring; arid foredune; tongue dunes; digital elevation model (DEM)
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Domínguez-Brito, A.C.; Cabrera-Gámez, J.; Viera-Pérez, M.; Rodríguez-Barrera, E.; Hernández-Calvento, L. A DIY Low-Cost Wireless Wind Data Acquisition System Used to Study an Arid Coastal Foredune. Sensors 2020, 20, 1064.

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