GSU & TNC Collaborate on Artificial Cave Construction
In collaboration with the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, PhD students Kyle Gabriel and John Neville of Georgia State University traveled to Tennessee on October 14, 2015, to install a humidity regulation system in a 13,000 ft3 artificial cave. This underground structure was built in 2012 in order to conduct research on bats. As humidity plays a major role in both bat roost selection and overall health throughout hibernation, the ability to mimic the high-humidity environment of a natural hibernaculum is crucial to effective experimentation. The system operates on free and open-source software, developed by Kyle Gabriel, to remotely monitor and regulate environmental conditions. The system monitors the environment with digital sensors and provides discrete PID-control of a commercial misting system in order to regulate and maintain 90% humidity, while cellular internet access permits remote monitoring and control while off-site.
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