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Developing technologies to make environmental information more easily accessible is how Assistant Professor Branko Kerkez’s team of UM researchers plan to create a smarter water system out of existing infrastructure.

Sensor nodes that measure the water flow, soil moisture, rainfall and other rapidly changing storm predictors are being installed along a three square mile local water catchment. With the data being posted in real time over the internet, Kerkez hopes this can someday be paired with sensors on waste water pipes designed to redirect and reuse excess water flow into less impacted neighborhoods.

About the Professor

Assistant Professor Branko Kerkez is interested in the control and optimization of water grids. Before joining CEE in January 2013, Kerkez spent four years collaborating on the deployment of one of the world’s largest environmental sensor networks in the mountains of California.

Article topics: Infrastructure , Water

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