Marine Sensor Networks on the Great Barrier Reef: Opportunities and Collaborations


Stuart Kininmonth.


Ian Atkinson, James Cook University;
Bernard Pailthorpe, University of Queensland;
Ron Johnstone, University of Queensland;
M. Palaniswami, University of Melbourne.

Introduction: This ISSNIP project aims to enhance collaborations for the development of sensor networks on the Great Barrier Reef.
Significance: All of these collaborations greatly assist the development of the Marine Sensor network at Magnetic Island. In particular a close working partnership with the University of Melbourne and AIMS has accelerated our capacity to produce a fully operational sensor network. Concluding this project will be the ISSNIP conference where I will chair the environmental sensor network sessions.
Applications: The first stage of this project was to engage with the development teams at Ambient Systems and the University of Twente. Understanding their approach to hardware and software issues has been critical for ongoing work since the AmbientRT platform forms the basis of the GBR sensor network. The next week involved the participation in a Nordic workshop on marine protection and networks. Meetings in Italy with the Milan Polytechnic highlighted the underwater network development progress. The National Museum of Natural History in New York highlighted the capacity to use sensor networks for conservation while the two days with Microsoft Education director Martin Bean provided clear indications of the tremendous potential in this technology. Several days at the University of Southern California demonstrated the capacity for the development community to remain leaders in the sensor network research.
Challenges: The implementation of sensor networks in the marine environment has many challenges with corresponding rewards in data collection. To create a hardware and software architecture that will facilitate the routine use of this emerging technology requires close collaborations from around the world.
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