The Arctic is a very sensitive environment and thus is a good indicator of global climate trends. In particular, collecting data about the location of large sheets of ice can be very informative about the macroscopic trends of ice formation. In addition to the position of these ice floes, the air temperature and relative humidity as well as several other characteristics of the surrounding environment can provide a better long-term picture of ice formation in the Arctic.In this vein, we are proposing an autonomous unit capable of powering itself and communicating hourly via an internal modem its GPS position, air temperature, relative pressure, humidity and any other characteristics of its surrounding environment. The unit will have to be robust enough to operate at subzero temperatures and power itself for an extended period of time, possibly up to eight months.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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