Advanced spatial analysis tools for on-site environmental monitoring and management.

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The HYDROSYS consortium addressed the need to take a closer look at environmental processes as a response to the continuously increasing pressure on our ecosystem. HYDROSYS extends current practice by enabling on-site data collection and visualization, supporting new ways of observing environmental processes. The project has finished as of June 2011 (2008-2011).

Our final report on the results of the project can be found here!

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HYDROSYS blog online! March 16, 2010

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As project outcome, we provide a prototypical system infrastructure to support teams of users in the on-site monitoring of events and analysis of natural resources. The project has introduced the innovative concept of event-driven campaigns using mobile / handheld devices, potentially supported by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Event-driven campaigns provide users the capacity to analyse and predict environmental changes on-site, supporting the process of taking appropriate countermeasures to avoid environmental degradation. During these campaigns, users have set up and retrieved data from mobile sensorstations, the UAV and external sources (such as permanent sensor networks) in order to generate and analyse dense information on a small area. The whole sensor network system gathers and stores sensor data, and processes simulations based on physical process models. Hence, a shared information system fusing heterogeneous data sources has been provided that supports teams of stakeholders to monitor environmental processes on-site, complementing remote monitoring and management. To enrich the data sets from a specific location, additional remotely controlled cameras are deployed, mounted on sensorstations and below the UAV. Users are able to analyse the environment using mobile phones and handheld computers, supported by advanced user interface techniques.

The project has shown that it can potentially improve monitoring and management for environmental scientists, institutions, service providers, engineering companies and municipalities through its strong integration of handhelds and sensor networks. The project has progressed well beyond the current state in the art, by dealing with short-term events and detailed analysis of small sites. The analysis of such events is hardly supported by current methods, but has a large impact on environmental degradation. Furthermore, information is made available to citizens by providing mechanisms to access top-level environmental data, such as provided through the cell phone application. Within the project, cutting edge inter-disciplinary research has been performed to develop user-centered solutions. The data is integrated with analytical tools in a shared information space and as such may aid a wide range of managers and planners pursuing more environmentally sensitive solutions to engineering problems. To aid the process, the research was steered by considerable end-user involvement in all its phases.


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