A wireless multi-sensor subglacial probe: design and preliminary results

Hart, J.K., Martinez, K., Ong, R., Riddoch, A., Rose, K.C. and Padhay, P. (2006) A wireless multi-sensor subglacial probe: design and preliminary results Journal of Glaciology, 52, (178), pp. 389-397. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2005.00758.x).


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This paper introduces a new way to investigate in situ processes, the wireless multi-sensor probe, as part of an environmental sensor network. Instruments are housed within a 'probe' which can move freely and so behave like a clast. These were deployed in the ice and till at Briksdalsbreen, Norway. The sensors measure temperature, resistivity, case stress, tilt angle and water pressure and send their data to a base station on the glacier surface via radio links. These data are then forwarded by radio to a reference station with mains power 2.5 km away, from where they are sent to a web server in the UK. The system deployed during 2004/05 was very successful and a total of 859 probe days worth of data from the ice and till were collected, along with GPS, weather and diagnostic data about the system.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2005.00758.x
Additional Information: This reports the design of the first ever wireless environmental sensor network to be installed in a glacial environment. This paper discusses the glaciological aspects of the project. Some preliminary results are discussed, which show the revolutionary potential for understanding subglacial processes afforded by this new technique of data collection.
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Keywords: flutes, micromorphology, scanning electron microscopy, till sedimentology.
ePrint ID: 43360
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July 2006Published
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:49
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/43360

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