Autonomous Robotic Sensing Experiments at San Joaquin River
Distributed, high-density spatiotemporal observations are proposed for answering many river-related questions, including those pertaining to hydraulics and multi-dimensional river modeling, geomorphology, sediment transport and riparian habitat restoration. We present here a case study of an autonomous, high-resolution robotic spatial mapping of cross-sectional velocity and salt concentration in a river basin. Several experiments for analyzing the spatial and temporal trends at multiple cross-sections of the San Joaquin River were performed during the campaign from August 21-25, 2006. Preliminary analysis from these experiments illustrating the range of investigations is presented. Lessons learned during the campaign are discussed to provide useful insights for similar robotic investigations in aquatic environments.