UC San Diego Decision Making using Real-time Observations for Environmental Sustainability (DEMROES)
An urban test bed for energy and water efficiency, meteorology, and air quality

People Hardware Locations Analysis Photos

Real-time data:
Locations: RIMAC, Hubbs Hall, Moores Cancer Center, CMRR, Tioga Hall, Powell Structures Lab, EBU2, Biomedical Science Building. Time: last 2 days.

Temperature and Humidity Wind Solar Radiation and Rain Solar Panel Efficency Textual
Current Readings
Moores CC
Powell SL
Biomedical SB
Total Sky Imager (click for latest pic, stops at sunset) Animation
Cloud event on Sep 16, 2009 with PV output

Google Earth movie of temperature , relative humidity , and solar power maps over the last 24 hours (courtesy of Nick Daish). Save these files to your computer as *.kml, install google earth, and run them.
UCSD buildings for Google Earth. Fly through the campus and view our stations!

DEMROES in the News

UCSD Video (130MB)

ESI Newsletter

San Diego Union Tribune

Breakthroughs in Science

Environmental Protection Online

Environmental Sustainability efforts at UCSD

Meteorological conditions have implications on human activities. They affect human comfort and productivity (temperature, humidity), health (temperature, air pollution), and energy and water use (solar radiation, temperature). UCSD's proximity to the Pacific Ocean places it in a temperate microclimate frequently affected by sea breezes. In particular the occurrence of sea-breezes in daytime provides cool air eliminating need for widespread building air conditioning and associated energy use, but also advects moist and salt-laden air to campus which negatively affects the lifespan of indoor and outdoor electronic or metal components.

We lack scientific knowledge about the occurrence of these microclimatological conditions and their effect on campus facilities management. We have established a wireless sensing network for environmental monitoring at UCSD facilities city-wide with the following objectives:

  • Use the network as a demo and integrative educational and research system for UCSD students and faculty.
  • Quantify the spatial distribution of meteorological conditions (i.e. sea breeze effect on temperature and humidity) on campus through a dense static network of weather stations.
  • Provide campus facilities management with information to feed the energy management system (EMS) for building operation and energy conservation, and irrigation management.
  • Extend pilot project into a massive city or regional scale sensing network.

sponsored by
Wells Fargo through the UCSD Environment and Sustainability Initiative

Steve Relyea
Vice Chancellor, Business Affairs

Paul Linden, Jan Kleissl
Faculty, Mechanical Engineering

Johnson Controls
supported by Don McLaughlin, Ryan Sullivan

John Dilliott, David Weil
Building Sustainability, Energy Services

Doug Palmer, Bill Hodgkiss, Don Kimball. CalIT2
Steve Roberts
MAE Electronics & Sensors