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Novel Sensing Technologies for Environmental Monitoring and Detection

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2024 | Viewed by 853

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Interests: early warning systems; sustainable and resilient cities; management of digital cultural content
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Dear Colleagues,

Covering a wide range of sensing technologies, this Special Issue publishes interdisciplinary articles presenting new technologies, methods, empirical findings, innovative paradigms, future trends, case studies and review articles. Acknowledging the synergies between various technologies, this Special Issue emphasizes environmental monitoring. In situ sensor networks, low-cost sensor solutions, unmanned aerial and underwater sensing technologies and energy-optimized sensor developments are the main components of the submitted contributions.

Submissions are encouraged, but are not limited to the following general areas:

  • Sensors used to increase the resilience of structures against natural disasters;
  • Low-cost visual sensing;
  • Air quality and sound pollution sensing;
  • Infrastructure for urban sensor networks;
  • Intelligent sensors;
  • Energy harvesting and efficiency for sensor solutions;
  • Real-time analytics of heterogeneous spatiotemporal sensor data; 
  • Sensing for well-being applications;
  • Ethical issues, security, and privacy in city sensor systems and applications.

Dr. George Hloupis
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Keywords

  • intelligent sensors
  • environmental monitoring
  • early warning systems

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Low-Cost Approach to an Instream Water Depth Sensor Construction Using Differential Pressure Sensors and Arduino Microcontrollers
by Reagan H. Pearce, Michael A. Chadwick, Bruce Main, Kris Chan, Carl D. Sayer and Ian R. Patmore
Sensors 2024, 24(8), 2488; https://doi.org/10.3390/s24082488 - 12 Apr 2024
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Accurate hydrological data with high spatial resolution is important for flood risk and water resource management, particularly under the context of climate change. The cost of monitoring networks, as well as the characteristics of the hydrological environment itself, can be a barrier to [...] Read more.
Accurate hydrological data with high spatial resolution is important for flood risk and water resource management, particularly under the context of climate change. The cost of monitoring networks, as well as the characteristics of the hydrological environment itself, can be a barrier to meeting these data requirements, however. This study covers the design and testing of a low-cost, “build-it-yourself”, instream water depth sensor providing an assessment of its potential in future hydrological monitoring projects. The low-cost sensor was built using an Arduino microcontroller, a differential pressure sensor and a thermistor, a real-time clock, and an SD card module. The low-cost logger was deployed in tandem with a factory-calibrated Solinst®LevelLogger® 5 Junior for 6 months in the River Wissey, UK. We found the mean absolute error of the Arduino-based logger relative to the commercial setup to be ±0.69 cm for water depth and ±0.415 °C for water temperature. Economically, the Arduino-based logger offers an advantage, costing a total of £133.35 (USD 168.26 at time of publication) comparative to the industrial comparison’s cost of £408 (USD 514.83 at time of publication). This study concludes that the low cost of the Arduino-based logger gives a strong advantage to its incorporation in hydrological data collection, if the trade-offs (i.e., time investment and accuracy) are considered acceptable and appropriate for a project. Full article
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