Collect Environmental Field Data through Hybrid Network Technologies

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Abstract

Although manual field data collection in the environmental research are simple, it is extremely difficult for geoscientists to get environmental data in areas of high altitude and harsh climate frequently. To assist scientists to transmit data and control equipments remotely, moreover minimizing human workload and time delays, we presented a data collection model by harnessing hybrid network technologies for acquiring field data in this paper. This model integrates multiple modern network technologies to achieve the remote control of equipments and data transfer between the field station and data center in research institute. Several different network technologies are deployed and tested at Mafengou catchment of Heihe River Basin and Cryosphere Research Station on Qinghai-Xizang Plateau. These experiments demonstrate a noticeable improvement in efficiency and precision has been achieved.