Advanced environmental sensor network at Berkeley's nature reserve
University of California (UC) Berkeley’s newest research station, the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, threw an open house to show off its new facilities on March 19, 2016. The pristine reserve, nestled amid rolling green, flower-studded hills east of San Jose is operated by the campus for UC’s Natural Reserve System. It has become a field research site for biologists interested in California’s oak woodlands and comes complete with an embedded wireless sensing network that rivals many urban networks. Each of the nodes spread over the 3,280-acre reserve measures temperature, rain, sunshine, soil moisture and more, sending it back to the campus to be processed and analyzed.
Provided by the University of California, Berkeley