Canadian Forest Service Publications

Using datalogger systems for environmental monitoring in forest research: an overview and case study. 1988. Brand, D.G.; Flannigan, M.D.; Janas, P.S. Canadian Forestry Service, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario. Information Report PI-X-81. 26 p.

Year: 1988

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 19817

Language: English

Series: Information Report (Petawawa)

Availability: PDF (download)

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This is an introduction for forest researchers to the monitoring of environmental conditions with automatic data loggers. The report discusses various aspects of the experimental design (definition of what, where, how, and when to measure), the technological design, and the management of environmental monitoring research programs. A case study of a large field installation with continuous monitoring of 92 sensors is used to demonstrate the design, operation, and management of data from a research project. Automatic data collection with environmental sensors increases the ability of forest researchers to quantify conditions and explain secondary influences on results. Care must be taken, however, in proper selection of variables to measures; choice of hardware, sensors, and peripherals; correct installation and system protection; and effective data management.

Also available under the title:
Utilisation de consignateurs de données pour la surveillance environnementale en recherche forestière: vue d'ensemble et étude de cas (French)