Workshop: Building and deploying DIY web-connected field sensors and loggers for field research and teaching

Do you to build your own low cost DIY web-connected field sensors and data loggers? Join Mark Mulligan at a Royal Geographic Society workshop in London, Monday 1 April 2019. Cost from £35.

Date published: 2019/03/26

1 April 2019: 9.30am-4.00pm

From £35.00 per person


Doing an expedition, dissertation research or GCSE/A level field teaching?  You'll need to measure stuff. Scientific sensors are usually very expensive and may not measure what you want to but, these days you can build your own using open source hardware and software. Come and learn how to design and implement field research involving low cost sensors using the approach.  Stay for the afternoon and practice how to build and code your own low cost DIY sensors and data loggers for monitoring climate, rivers, soil, biodiversity and anything else!

Morning: An introduction to low-cost sensing concepts and applications ⧫ electronics for geographers! ⧫ The Arduino and Particle platforms ⧫ Demonstration of IoT flood early warning system, weather stations, drought early warning system ⧫ Building the designs ⧫ Practical: assembling and using a range of sensors ⧫ Installing and using the  FreeStation and FreeStationLive designs ⧫ Ask the experts

Afternoon (your own laptop required, 10 available):

Field research and teaching applications of low cost sensing ⧫ Ensuring successful deployment ⧫ Practical: assembling and using a range of IoT connected sensors ⧫ Practical: soldering an Arduino (you'll get to take it home) ⧫ Practical: programming an Arduino 101 ⧫ Practical: programming a basic logger (reading  a sensor, using real time clocks, writing to screen, writing to SDCARD) ⧫ Troubleshooting tips ⧫ Discussion: what will you do with LCS?

Delegates can choose to attend just the morning session (£35 incl lunch), or attend the full day (£75 incl lunch).

Course Leader 

Dr Mark Mulligan is Reader in Geography at King’s College London with a special interest in field research, simulation modelling and remote sensing, and has led field teaching and research programmes throughout Europe, Latin America and South-east Asia. Mark is also a honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

If you're interested in this workshop, you should join our Sensors group! There, you'll find members sharing their work and discussing deploying sensors for conservation. 

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