Swarms of small, wirelessly connected sensors are to be deployed in forests and other habitats to provide deeper, more consistent readings of the environment. They’ll give longer term data, can track animal movement through body heat and are to be deployed throughout America (maybe the rest of the world can roll out their own versions, I’d love to be able to log on to a real time sampoling of the barrier reef for example) for a “long-term investigation of temporal, climate or human impact”.

“The potential for environmental science is amazing,” said Dr. Alexandra Isern, a program director at the National Science Foundation. “With this technology, we can start to understand what is an event and what is normal. We’re recognizing more and more how different processes in the environment operate at different frequencies. To comprehend that, you need to take measurements all the time.”

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