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‘Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink’

Diamond, Dermot (2014) ‘Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink’. In: RSC Public Lecture Series, 3 Apr 2014, London, UK.

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Despite decades of research and huge investment, remote monitoring of the state of fresh and sea-water using all but the simplest sensors remains prohibitively expensive. As water metering and charges are increasingly implemented across Europe, can the ordinary person expect to obtain devices that can enable them to independently check the quality of their drinking water? Will citizens be able to share this data, and access other data related to their environment, like air quality? The signs are that they will, but the path forward is not straightforward. In this lecture I will discuss the current status of autonomous sensors for environmental monitoring, and speculate on the key breakthroughs that could drive a sensor 'revolution', which has the potential to place a vast amount of environmental information in the public domain.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Seminar
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Analytical chemistry
Physical Sciences > Chemical detectors
Physical Sciences > Environmental chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:19930
Deposited On:06 May 2014 11:25 by Dermot Diamond. Last Modified 06 May 2014 11:25

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