Interactive Mobile Aquatic Probing System

William Weisnet, William Collani, Michael Russell

The monitoring of biological parameters within a body of water is an important part of assessing the overall health of the ecosystem as well as the effects of pollution at the location. This monitoring process is typically performed by an individual traveling to the site of interest and manually collecting samples or taking readings at specific points on the body of water. This is a tedious and time consuming process, however, due to the necessity of performing the tests manually and continually returning to specific locations for comparison. The focus of this project is to create a fully autonomous surface vehicle capable of carrying out the monitoring of these biological parameters more quickly and diversely with the ability to continually record data over the entire body of water while wirelessly transmitting this data to a base station accessible to biologists for analysis.

Subjects: 17. Robotics

Submitted: Oct 15, 2006

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