EQUATOR Escience Project
e-science projects are exploring how remote and portable sensors
can be used to support environmental scientists studying an
Antarctic lake and urban pollution.
Designing learning activities which engage young people and
provoke thought about sensors, the environment and the nature
The current vision of e-Science, in which scientists access and share
data on a global scale supported by a grid of high performance computing
and networking, was first proposed in the mid 1990s. It has developed
rapidly since then. However, some critical bottlenecks need to be addressed if
e-Science is to realise its full potential.
One of these is the user interface. The ability to deliver information
to scientists needs to be matched by powerful new interfaces that allow them to manipulate
and share this data in new ways, from any location whether in the
lab or in the field. Another bottleneck is data acquisition. Current
labour intensive approaches to observation and measurement need to be enhanced with automated capture and sensing technologies that deliver more detailed, timely and continuous data.
Equator's e-Science projects combine distinctive EQUATOR devices,
technologies and conceptual approaches with grid-based technologies
to address these limitations in current e-Science infrastructures.
They bring together researchers in a variety of disciplines as part
of the national e-Science programme.
Within environmental science there are two application areas that
involve collaborative visualisation of scientific data, mobile access
to data and capture of data from sensors deployed in the physical
world. One focuses on the urban polution monitoring while the other
involves studying the carbon cycles in fresh-water lakes in one
of the most hostile environments on the planet, the Antarctic.
In partnership with the Medical Images And Signals (MIAS) IRC are
developing technologies to extend the reach of the grid making it
facilities directly available to allow mobile patients to be continuously monitored
and analysed using wearable medical sensors.
These devices monitor the health of their wearer and send a series
of medical signals to the grid using wireless technology.
* Antarctic lake carbon cycling
* Mobile medical monitoring
* Urban pollution
Barratt, C, et al, Extending the Grid to Support Remote
Medical Monitoring, Proceedings of the 2nd UK e-Science All Hands
Meeting 2003, Available Here.
Steed, A, Spinello, S, Croxford, B, Greenhalgh, C, e-Science in
the Streets: Urban Pollution Monitoring, Proceedings of the 2nd
UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2003, Available Here.
Benford, S, et al, e-Science from the Antarctic to the GRID, Proceedings
of the 2nd UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2003, Available Here.
People involved in the project:
University of Bristol
University of Lancaster
University of Southampton
David De Roure