Water research at the University of Glasgow

Wireless Sensor Network for monitoring sediment processes

Wireless Sensor Network for monitoring sediment processes

Development of a new smart pebble to record sediment transport processes, with potential applications to many other environmental situations. The present project aims to integrate different sensing techniques (from force/impact sensing to accurate multiscale tracking) in a framework designed to enhance the current level of understanding about sediment movement (entrainment dynamics, accurate determination of individual grain paths, sediment deposition conditions). A custom-designed sensor is being produced and is housed in a customised robust casing. The figure shows the prototype housing and deployment in a laboratory at the University of British Columbia.

Funded by: University of Glasgow
Principal Investigator: Prof Trevor Hoey, Prof Joe Sventek, Dr Rebecca Hodge (Durham University)
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