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Cave Pearl Data Logger – A flexible Arduino-based Logging Platform for Long-Term Monitoring in Harsh Environments

Version 1 : Received: 13 January 2018 / Approved: 16 January 2018 / Online: 16 January 2018 (10:40:15 CET)

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Beddows, P.A.; Mallon, E.K. Cave Pearl Data Logger: A Flexible Arduino-Based Logging Platform for Long-Term Monitoring in Harsh Environments. Sensors 2018, 18, 530. Beddows, P.A.; Mallon, E.K. Cave Pearl Data Logger: A Flexible Arduino-Based Logging Platform for Long-Term Monitoring in Harsh Environments. Sensors 2018, 18, 530.

Journal reference: Sensors 2018, 18, 530
DOI: 10.3390/s18020530

Abstract

A low-cost data logging platform is presented for environmental monitoring projects that provides long-term operation in remote or submerged environments. Three premade “breakout boards” from the open-source Arduino ecosystem are assembled into the core of the platform. The components are selected based on low-cost and ready availability, making the loggers easy to build and modify without specialized tools, or a significant background in electronics. Power optimization techniques are explained. The platform has proven to be highly reliable, and capable of operating for more than a year on standard AA batteries. The flexibility of the system is illustrated with two ongoing field studies recording drip rates in a cave, and water flow in a flooded cave system.

Subject Areas

data logger; environmental monitoring network; open source; submersible; under-water; critical zone observatory; cave; Yucatan Peninsula, vadose hydrology; subterranean karst estuary

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