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Niphargus : a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring

TitreNiphargus : a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuteursBurlet, C, Vanbrabant, Y, Piessens, K, Welkenhuysen, K, Verheyden, S
JournalComputers & Geosciences
Volume74
Pagination50–59
Date PublishedJanuary
Mots-clésBelgique, Belgium, Environmental Monitoring, Geology
Résumé

A temperature logger, named “Niphargus”, was developed at the Geological Survey of Belgium to monitor temperature of local natural processes. It has a sensitivity of the order of a few hundredths of degrees on temperature variability in open air, caves, soils and river environment. The newly developed instrument uses a state-of-the-art band-gap silicon temperature sensor with integrated digital output. This sensor reduces the risk of drift associated with thermistor-based sensing devices, especially in humid environments. The Niphargus is designed to be highly reliable, low-cost and powered by a single lithium cell with up to several years autonomy, depending on the sampling rate and environmental conditions. A batch of Niphargus loggers was also compared to a precision thermistor to assess absolute temperature accuracy. Further characterization came from two field case studies in Belgium: monitoring of a mineralized water stream near the town of Spa and air temperature monitoring inside Han-sur-Lesse cave.

DOI10.1016/j.cageo.2014.10.009
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