The ENVIT Student Group proposed to develop data collection software applications for mobile PDA computers. Current industry trends point to the rapid growth of mobile computing in the earth and environmental sciences. Through the development of an electronic journal, field personnel will be able to record environmental and geolocational data automatically. ENVIT envisions applications for Environmental Assessment, Hydrology Studies or Water Quality Sampling. Current advances in mobile computing, such as GPS and GIS, will be incorporated into the electronic field notebook. ENVIT will integrate the student-designed software tools into new and existing curriculum through use of the handheld computers in field and laboratory exercises.
STEFS Technology Descriptions:
This research project concerned the design and application of a simplified GIS-based hydrology model capable of ingesting NEXRAD radar rainfall. The distributed model was designed as an educational tool for providing a hands-on hydrologic modeling experience to undergraduate environmental engineering majors at MIT. Results were presented at the ESRI International User Conference, 2001.
JavaWABS (WAter Balance Simulator) was developed as part of the 1.124J Foundations of Software Engineering Course at MIT. It consists of a event-driven Graphic User Interface, an animation loop and a water balance calculation performed over a raster representation of a watershed. The model was developed as an educational tool for 1.070 Introduction to Hydrology in order to assist students in learning concepts related to watershed hydrology and modeling.
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