A real-time measurement system for long-life flood monitoring and warning applications
Marín-Pérez, R., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Skarmeta, A. G. (2012) A real-time measurement system for long-life flood monitoring and warning applications. Sensors, 12 (4). pp. 4213-4236. ISSN 1424-8220
To link to this article DOI: 10.3390/s120404213
A flood warning system incorporates telemetered rainfall and flow/water level data measured at various locations in the catchment area. Real-time accurate data collection is required for this use, and sensor networks improve the system capabilities. However, existing sensor nodes struggle to satisfy the hydrological requirements in terms of autonomy, sensor hardware compatibility, reliability and long-range communication. We describe the design and development of a real-time measurement system for flood monitoring, and its deployment in a flash-flood prone 650 km2 semiarid watershed in Southern Spain. A developed low-power and long-range communication device, so-called DatalogV1, provides automatic data gathering and reliable transmission. DatalogV1 incorporates self-monitoring for adapting measurement schedules for consumption management and to capture events of interest. Two tests are used to assess the success of the development. The results show an autonomous and robust monitoring system for long-term collection of water level data in many sparse locations during flood events.