Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks

The UMass Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN), within the School for the Environment, brings together university researchers, Massachusetts business and industry leaders, and state and federal decision-makers, to provide an integrated framework for developing environmental sensor networks, especially in coastal areas.

This research center allows partners to

  1. develop and test new environmental sensors and transfer them to commercial markets
  2. develop "smart" sensor networks for observing complex interactions of coastal systems including "hotspots and hot moments"
  3. develop discrete and agent-based models to rapidly analyze and visualize complex and non-continuous data streams, and
  4. support environmental decision-making processes.

CESN is unique in its development of integrated land-water sensor networks, thus crossing the land-water interface; in focusing on "smart" networks, networks that are not simply automated, but can also "shift attention" to objects and events of interest; and in applying networks to urban environments.

Affiliation to CIOCS: Along with a reputation of proven excellence in coastal sensing technology, CESN has the expertise necessary to monitor the effects of sea changes in urban coastal zones as it affects local populations and ecosystems.

Representatives to CIOCS:


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