Environmental Management

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 658–666

Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks into Cyberinfrastructure for Monitoring Hawaiian “Mountain-to-Sea” Environments

  • Michael H. Kido
  • Carsten W. Mundt
  • Kevin N. Montgomery
  • Adam Asquith
  • David W. Goodale
  • Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00267-008-9164-9

Cite this article as:
Kido, M.H., Mundt, C.W., Montgomery, K.N. et al. Environmental Management (2008) 42: 658. doi:10.1007/s00267-008-9164-9

Abstract

Monitoring the complex environmental relationships and feedbacks of ecosystems on catchment (or mountain)-to-sea scales is essential for social systems to effectively deal with the escalating impacts of expanding human populations globally on watersheds. However, synthesis of emerging technologies into a robust observing platform for the monitoring of coupled human-natural environments on extended spatial scales has been slow to develop. For this purpose, the authors produced a new cyberinfrastructure for environmental monitoring which successfully merged the use of wireless sensor technologies, grid computing with three-dimensional (3D) geospatial data visualization/exploration, and a secured internet portal user interface, into a working prototype for monitoring mountain-to-sea environments in the high Hawaiian Islands. A use-case example is described in which native Hawaiian residents of Waipa Valley (Kauai) utilized the technology to monitor the effects of regional weather variation on surface water quality/quantity response, to better understand their local hydrologic cycle, monitor agricultural water use, and mitigate the effects of lowland flooding.

Keywords

Grid computing Sensing platforms Internet portal Ad hoc networks Social-ecological systems Radio telemetry 3D geospatial visualization 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael H. Kido
    • 1
  • Carsten W. Mundt
    • 2
  • Kevin N. Montgomery
    • 3
  • Adam Asquith
    • 4
  • David W. Goodale
    • 5
  • Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Conservation Research and TrainingUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.InteleSense Technologies, Inc.HonoluluUSA
  3. 3.National Biocomputation CenterStanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  4. 4.Sea Grant College ProgramUniversity of HawaiiKapaaUSA
  5. 5.The National Tropical Botanical GardenKalaheoUSA

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