Low-Cost Water Monitoring in the Amazon Basin
A monitoring tool that is made up of a modular sensor system of water level and water quality sensors, and weather stations, as well as mobile and web applications for data collection, management, and dissemination. It utilizes open source platforms to create a low-cost alternative to water and weather monitoring.
At a regional scale, we seek to investigate environmental factors that might relate to fish migrations in the Amazon Basin. To do so, Florida International University is collaborating with Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservify, and numerous local partners to the establishment of a low-cost, high-tech water and climate monitoring network throughout the Amazon Basin.
At a local scale, many communities and local organizations have questions of their own pertaining to ecosystems at a smaller scale. Observations of factors like local hydrology, microbasins, and white-, black-, and clearwater ecosystems—which can be adjacent to each other yet have remarkably different environments—shape these questions. Ultimately, we look to respond not only the basin-scale question, but also local questions.
We will generate open data: anyone with an Android device and an internet connection, anywhere in the world, will be able to access the data and download it.