Floating Sensor Network

UC Berkeley researchers have developed a method to learn about the quality, volume, speed, and direction of the flow of salt water and freshwater through the Sacramento Delta

IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS such as a levee failure, flood, or contaminant spill, responders need information about the movement of water and pollutants in complex networks of channels like deltas or estuaries. Permanently placed sensors are insufficient; with a limited number of sensors on an extensive water or levee system, the odds are high that there will be no sensor in the exact location where the emergency happens to occur. Permanent sensors also can’t track where the water goes after it flows past the breach.