The network will measure water quality data such as temperature and salinity, and, in future, water turbidity, the quantity of phytoplankton, and the recognition of pollutants.
The data is communicated back to CSIRO's Hobart laboratories via underwater accoustic and surface radio links.
The CSIRO-developed Fleck sensor technology has the advantages of low power usage, low-cost, reliable communications, robustness, small size and a flexible architecture.
Photographer : Nick Pitsas on October 07 2008.
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/7687/"><img src="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_EM7872.jpg" width="300" alt="A Fleck device" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/7687/">A Fleck device</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
A Fleck device