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Volume 7, issue 4 | Copyright
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 7, 289-295, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-7-289-2018
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Research article 25 Oct 2018

Research article | 25 Oct 2018

Near-real-time environmental monitoring and large-volume data collection over slow communication links

Misha B. Krassovski1, Glen E. Lyon2, Jeffery S. Riggs3, and Paul J. Hanson1 Misha B. Krassovski et al.
  • 1Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6290, USA
  • 2Campbell Scientific, Inc., 815 W 1800 N, Logan, UT 84321-1784, USA
  • 3Integrated Operations Support Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6290, USA

Abstract. Climate change studies are one of the most important aspects of modern science and related experiments are getting bigger and more complex. One such experiment is the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments (SPRUCE; http://mnspruce.ornl.gov, last access: 16 October 2018) conducted in northern Minnesota. The SPRUCE experimental mission is to assess ecosystem-level biological responses of vulnerable, high-carbon terrestrial ecosystems to a range of climate warming manipulations and an elevated CO2 atmosphere. This manipulation experiment generates a lot of observational data and requires a reliable on-site data collection system, dependable methods to transfer data to a robust scientific facility, and real-time monitoring capabilities. This publication shares our experience of establishing a near-real-time data collection and monitoring system via a satellite link using the not very well-known possibilities of PakBus protocol.

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Climate change studies are growing and related experiments are getting bigger and more complex. They are often conducted in remote areas where communications are limited. In cases like that the data can be transferred via a satellite connection, but these types of connections are slow. We found that by using the little known possibilities of LoggerNet software (the most popular data logger software in environmental science) it is possible to transfer quite a large amount of data.
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