A platform for environmental data acquisition in shallow waters

Rafic A. Bachnak, Carl Steidley, Alex Sadovski, Chandrika Rao, Wien Lohatchit, Cody Ross

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Water quality data collection in shallow water areas can be a challenging task. Obstacles encountered in such environments include difficulty in covering large territories and the presence of inaccessible areas due to a variety of reasons such as a soft bottom or contamination. There is also a high probability of disturbing the test area while placing the sensors. This paper describes the instrumentation and support software systems of a NASA-funded project, which has had a great deal of student involvement and is currently in the test phase, to develop a remote-controlled, shallow-draft vehicle designed as a supplemental tool for our Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON) to be used in our studies of the South Texas Coastal waters. The system transmits environmental data wirelessly via a radio to a docking and control station in real-time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the International Instrumentation Symposium
StatePublished - 2005

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  • Engineering(all)


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