Environmental sensors track impact of development

By Dan Hitchcock

monitoring systemOften it’s not until houses and businesses are built that we realize the environmental impact. But soon environmental researchers and developers will have data that can be used to evaluate and encourage environmentally sustainable building practices.

Remote data sensors and transmitters are being installed in coastal watersheds as part of Clemson’s Program of Integrated Study for Coastal Environmental Sustainability (PISCES). The monitoring system will provide real-time data from water measurement equipment housed on the Bannockburn Plantation in Georgetown County.

The property is slated for future development. Owner Lucille Pate is partnering with Clemson researchers to understand and minimize the impacts of development on the environment. Data collection will begin before construction to track the impact before, during and after development.

The monitoring system was designed by scientists from the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. In addition to scientific research, the program will provide an educational resource for natural resources and the environment, land use change and sustainable development.

For information: William Conner, 843-546-6323, wconner@clemson.edu