SensorWare Systems, Inc.
Map thumbnail Antarctica - Sensor Web 3.1
We have partnered with Prof. Ralph Harvey and the ANSMET program (whose scientists journey to extremely remote regions of Antarctica in search of meteorites) to further test Sensor Web technology in demanding environments. The harsh cold, dry Antarctic climate, interesting in its own right, is also similar to conditions found on Mars. During the 2002-2003 field season, a Sensor Web was deployed in the MacAlpine Hills region of the Transantarctic Mountains.

Besides the engineering objective of testing the Sensor Web in a harsh environment where deployment was difficult, there was a scientific objective to examine temperature variations in a setting where exposed bedrock and morainal material act as a "heat island" surrounded by snow and ice. Consequently, each pod had two soil temperature sensors in addition to air temperature, humidity, and light sensors. The 14-pod Sensor Web was deployed over an area larger than 2 square kilometers and ran from December 21, 2002 to January 11, 2003, collecting data at 5 minute intervals. This deployment demonstrating the robustness of the system and its ability to make valuable in situ measurements. More details of this research can be found here.

See a general map and a detailed map of the pod locations.

Deploying pod 2 Pod 9 in the sun Monitoring soil
Pod 2 in the sun Pod 6 deployed Pod 7 on tripod

  Photographs courtesy of the ANSMET 2002-2003 Expedition Team