Technology In Ecology

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The Technology in Ecology Lab collaborates extensively within SERC and globally to design and support technological innovation, serving ecological research, experimental design, and data infrastructure. Ultimately, we aim to utilize open-source technology sensor platforms like Arduino to provide low-cost novel methods to monitor environmental phenomena. Using this approach, we develop and support several ongoing climate change experiments, including SMARTX and MERIT, and maintain sensor and data infrastructure for the MarineGEO Chemical and Physical Observations Program.

Questions? Contact TechInEcology@si.edu.

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We use an Arduino-based data logger platform for our CO2 sensors of which have been deployed throughout Washington, D.C. and in various projects at SERC’s Global Change Research Wetland. Our CO2 sensors feature additional components to measure temperature, humidity, and pressure, alongside CO2 measurements and capture these data every 5 minutes. These robust sensors can capture nonhomogeneous (transitional interfaces, or even patchier environments) landscape dynamics influencing carbon fluxes at a local scale.

Find our 2019 protocol for building our Arduino-based data logger platform here and sensor calibration protocol here.

For GitHub inquiries, please contact us at TechInEcology@si.edu.