Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Michael Collins

Second Advisor

Dr Leisa Armstrong

Abstract

There is a need for' cost effective tools and data collection methods for field measurements; to increase both productivity and volumes of collected data in the quest for enhanced understanding and management of environmental systems. To such end, various technologies that may be combined into a cost effective soil redox sensor network were explored. Suitability of each technology, as a component of said network was evaluated. A prototype soil redox sensor network was constructed and basic laboratory and field testing was completed. Results indicate that the prototype sensor network functions correctly within bounds. Both laboratory and field testing show that the prototype is capable of capturing the correct redox potential of a soil sample as verified by traditional redox capture methods. Further refinement of the prototype soil redox sensor network, developed as part of this study, is necessary if it is to be useful to soil scientists.

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