GEMS: A Revolutionary System for Environmental Monitoring

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This paper describes a revolutionary, new observing system designed for environmental monitoring that will integrate MicroElectroMechanicalSystems (MEMS) and nanotechnologies. The concept, known as Global Environmental MEMS Sensors (GEMS), features an integrated system of airborne probes that will remain suspended in the atmosphere for hours to days and take measurements as they are carried by wind currents. Previous efforts focused on defining the major feasibility issues associated with system design and development in the decadal time frame. The current 2-year project focuses on studying the major feasibility issues including costs/benefits and developing a technology roadmap.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: March 7, 2004
Pages: 422 - 425
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topics: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications, Sensors - Chemical, Physical & Bio
ISBN: 0-9728422-7-6