Applying Electronic Sensor Network in Marine Environment


Stuart Kininmonth.

Student: Olga Bondarenko.

Michael Kingsford, James Cook University.

Introduction: The Great Barrier Reef Australia (GBR) is affected by cold water intrusions originating in the Coral Sea and upwelled on the reef. Therefore biological interest in GBR upwellings has been driven by the view that upwelled waters rich in nutrients boost plankton production and overall productivity of the GBR system.
Significance: We propose to employ a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for in situ monitoring of upwellings. Temperature is a good proxy for upwelling however 3D dense spatial data is required to describe upwelling and their impact on plankton abundance.
Applications: The array of underwater sensors was deployed at various depths on the coral reef in Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, GBR. We propose that the temperature data is communicated real time using RF signal to the on-shore base station. WSN has capability to communicate temperature data in real time thus offering the opportunity for rapid response times to measure the biological impact of upwelling on reef assemblages. This permits us to collect the plankton data in real-time synchronized to the temperature changes.
Challenges: The challenges are the various methods of the deployment of WSN for ecological research.
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