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An Overview of CENS Contaminant Transport Observation and Management Research


The contaminant assessment and management (or “Contam”) research area focuses on developing and implementing embedded networked sensing (ENS) technology to support this new observational strategy in the context of mass and energy distributions and fluxes across a range of temporal and synoptic scales. The specific areas of interest for Contam include soils, groundwater, and riparian systems. The Contam application domain is unique relative to the other three CENS applications in that it is often concerned with enabling adaptive management of environmental problems through engineered responses triggered by ENS observations. Example applications include improving our understanding of river metabolism in relation to adjacent and upstream land management practices, creating closed-loop feedback-control systems for conserving irrigation water and avoiding excessive nitrogen application in agricultural systems, delineating nutrient fluxes between groundwater and surface water, and rapid identification of coastal pollutants.

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