Plain English Summary
The search for biogeochemical “hot spots” and “hot moments” that control ecosystem-level processes requires large multi-sensor measurement arrays.
The recent developments in open-source electronics prototyping platforms allow environmental observatories to deploy sensors at massive scales by reducing data logging and communications costs by more than an order of magnitude.
One popular hardware platform, called Arduino, has dozens of low cost boards that connect together in a modular framework, allowing the user to quickly create devices for a wide range of applications.
Hicks, S., Aufdenkampe, A, and Montgomery, D. (2011): Sensor Networks, Dataloggers, and Other Handy Gadgets Using Open-Source Electronics for the Christina River Basin CZO. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, December 4-10, 2011.
This Paper/Book acknowledges NSF CZO grant support.