Fall 2011 Conference
September 21 - 23

Plenary 13: Branko Kerkez

Massive Area Wireless Sensor Network for Hydrologic Forecasting

Recent water shortages, particularly evident in the state of California, emphasize the need for a better hydrologic understanding, and improved water management techniques. The majority of the state’s water originates in the Sierra Nevada as snow, melting throughout the year to provide various stakeholders with water. We discuss our experience of deploying large-scale wireless sensor networks to monitor the California snowpack. While WSNs have been proven effective in the industrial setting, we discuss the development of techniques to permit for effective, and scalable deployments in extreme environments.