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Trends Ecol Evol. 2012 Feb;27(2):121-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.11.009. Epub 2011 Dec 27.

Staying afloat in the sensor data deluge.

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Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 291 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123, USA.


Developments in sensor design, electronics, computer technology and networking have converged to provide new ways of collecting environmental data at rates hitherto impossible to achieve. To translate this 'data deluge' into scientific knowledge requires comparable advances in our ability to integrate, process and analyze massive data sets. We review the experience of one large project in ingesting and analyzing sensor data from global lakes and provide a synopsis of innovative approaches being used to confront the information management and analytical challenges posed by massive volumes of data.

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