After much effort FuturAgua has published its first scientific article. The published research is part of the PhD studies of Silja Hund in UBC, and the manuscript was accepted by the journal Agricultural & Environmental Letters. In this paper Silja Hund, Mark Johnson, and Tom Keddie describe the advantages of using low cost open source loggers based in Arduino for implementing a hydrologic monitoring network.
Among the key advantages of Arduino loggers Hund and colleagues highlight its cost efficiency, this is because less expensive systems in the market are available at $480 us dollars; whereas the Arduino logger costs only $100 dollars. Moreover, Hund and colleagues managed to improve the energetic efficiency of the Arduino logger reducing its consumption from 80 mA to only 16mA.
In the publication Hund and colleagues also emphasize the involvement of local communities for improving the efficiency of the hydrologic monitoring network. Here, the participation of local communities, as well as their interest in the hydrologic data favored the creation of a “reciprocal relationship” between FuturAgua and the local inhabitants. As part of this local communities immediately communicated any potential issue related with the monitoring stations.
The work of Silja, Mark, and Tom is valuable for developing low-cost hydrologic networks in developing countries. In fact, this research can support local water authorities’ efforts for developing real time monitoring systems such as the SIMASTIR (Underground Water Monitoring System on Real Time). For more information you can read the entire paper here; or visit the publisher website.