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Internet of Things technology is being used to help trees fight climate change

By Marthe de Ferrer
July 30, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Specialist technology is being trialled in the UK to monitor the role of trees in tackling climate change. Telecommunications giant Vodafone is teaming up with Defra (the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Forest Research to study how forests can be used to tackle the climate crisis. Sensors – specially designed to withstand harsh climates – will be attached to trees as part of a three-month trial, with data continually sent back to scientists for analysis. The sensors will use Vodafone’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology. This is where computing devices are embedded in other objects and able to transfer data to other interrelated pieces of tech, without needing any human interaction. Researchers will look at key metrics like temperature, humidity, tree growth, and soil moisture on an ongoing basis throughout the study, without having to visit the site.

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