Networks of Sensors - Demonstration High Resolution Networks
NERC's strategy Next Generation Science for Planet Earth identifies technology development as one of the key areas NERC needs to support in order to deliver the aims and objectives of the strategy. To reflect this, NERC's strategy includes a dedicated technologies theme and an associated theme action plan.
The action plan identifies sensors and sensor networks as an opportunity area for the future. Substantial environmental sensors research is already undertaken in the UK and internationally and is focused primarily at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). This focus has meant that in practice few live sensor networks for environmental research actually exist. Thus there has been a generic disconnection between basic development of devices in the lab and their pull through into a demonstration or operational environment.
The Networks of Sensors - Demonstration High Resolution Networks research programme is focused on developing new technological approaches to the deployment of sensors, some of which may be in remote and/or hostile environments. It will contribute to the technologies science theme challenge on "intelligent field sensors and networks of sensors."
The programme will also provide an opportunity for HEIs and NERC research and collaborative centres to work closely with organisations in both the commercial and research sectors.