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When Adam Garbo of the Water and Ice Research Laboratory at Carleton University saw a lack of data coming from the cryosphere, he turned to an affordable, open-sourced solution he dubbed the Cryologger.
The Canadian Arctic is a fascinating and inhospitable place that remains an important area for science to study. In an environment undergoing rapid environmental change, there is an alarmingly small amount of data being collected – in part because of reliance on expensive and proprietary commercial data acquisition and telemetry systems. Scientist Adam Garbo knew there had to be a better way.
Focusing his research on “low-cost, open-source technology to help study the cryosphere,” Garbo set out to create an affordable and open-source solution to this deficiency of data. This is the idea behind the Cryologger. Configured for a number of different research applications, such as an iceberg tracking beacon, an automatic weather station, and most recently, a glacier velocity measurement system, the Cryologger is a flexible and powerful tool.
Learn more about Garbo's project and follow his beacons progress as they move through the Arctic here.