2nd Edition

Real-Time Environmental Monitoring Sensors and Systems - Textbook and Lab Manual

    720 Pages 24 Color & 639 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Both the textbook and lab manual introduce engineering students to the fundamentals and applications of real-time environmental monitoring based on electronic sensors, instruments, systems, and software that allow continuous, long-term ecological and environmental data collection. Tested in classrooms by the author, the second edition includes applications with state-of-the-art sensor technology and programs such as R, Python, Arduino, and SQL. Written to help both students and instructors in engineering better understand how to use and design a variety of sensors and build systems and databases when monitoring different environments such as soil, water, and air.


    • Emphasizes real-time monitoring as an emerging area for environmental assessment and compliance and covers the fundamentals on how to develop sensors and systems.
    • Includes 14 lab guides that parallel the theory developed in 14 chapters in the textbook.
    • Uses a practical and hands-on approach with low-cost devices and includes applications to many environmental and ecological systems
    • A valuable guide for students and practitioners worldwide engaged in efforts to develop, employ, and maintain environmental monitors.
    • Provides theoretical knowledge along with exercises and problems based on author’s 40 years of academic experience

    Designed for students in upper-level undergraduate or graduate programs, taking courses in civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, geosciences, and environmental sciences, as well as professionals in environmental services, researchers in engineering, academics in engineering.


    1. Principles of Environmental Monitoring 2. Programming and Single Board Computers 3. Sensors and Transducers: Basic Circuits 4. Bridge Circuits, Dynamic Specifications, and Signal Conditioning 5. Dataloggers and Sensor Networks 6. Wireless Technologies: Telemetry and Wireless Sensor Networks 7. Electric Power and Environmental Monitoring 8. Remote Monitoring of the Environment 9. Probability, Statistics, and Machine Learning 10. Databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 11. Atmospheric Monitoring 12. Hydrology, Hydrodynamics, Water Quality, and Aquatic Ecosystems 13. Terrestrial Ecosystems 14. Wildlife Monitoring

    Lab Manual
    1. Introduction to R and Statistical Analysis 2. Programming and Single Board Computers 3. Sensors and Transducers: Thermistors and Voltage Divider Transducer 4. Bridge Circuits and Signal Conditioning 5. Dataloggers and Serial Interface Examples 6. Wireless: Radio Links for Telemetry and Wireless Sensor Networks 7. Environmental Monitoring and Electrical Power 8. Remote Sensing with R 9. Probability, Statistics. and Machine Learning 10. Databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 11. Atmospheric Monitoring 12. Water Monitoring 13. Terrestrial Ecosystems 14. Wildlife Monitoring


    Miguel F. Acevedo has over 40 years of academic experience, the last 27 of these at the University of North Texas (UNT) where he is currently a Regents Professor. His career has been interdisciplinary and especially at the interface of science and engineering. He has served UNT as faculty member in the department of Geography, the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences of the Biology department, and the Electrical Engineering department. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and Computer Science from Berkeley (M.E., 1978) and the University of Texas at Austin (M.S., 1972). Before joining UNT, he was at the Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela, where he served in the School of Systems Engineering, the graduate program in Tropical Ecology, and the Center for Simulation and Modeling. He has served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on many review panels of the U.S. National Science Foundation. He has received numerous research grants, and written several textbooks, numerous journal articles, as well as many book chapters and proceeding articles. In addition to the Regents Professor rank, UNT has recognized him with the Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education, and the Regent’s Faculty Lectureship. His research interests focus on environmental systems and sustainability. He has published four textbooks with CRC Press.