A “grid” of smart river sensors that monitor water depth and flow and can predict impending flooding is to be installed in a UK river.
By producing more accurate and concise data than existing monitoring systems, the network could give locals and government decision-makers earlier warning of rising trouble.
Two of thirteen sensor nodes have so far been installed along a kilometre stretch of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales, and the rest of the network should be in place by the end of the year. “The river floods regularly after Christmas every year,” says Danny Hughes, a computer and environmental scientist at Lancaster University, UK, who is working on the project.
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