Natural Environment Sensor Terminal
All Species of Sea Turtles are Affected by Climate Change.
Being reptiles, the genders of sea turtle hatchlings are temperature-dependant. In other words, the warmer the temperature, the more likely it is that hatchlings will be female. With increasing global temperatures, scientists predict that the gender-ratio of sea turtles will be skewed towards far more female hatchlings than male hatchlings. This sort of gender imbalance will impact the global sea turtle population and likely reduce their overall numbers.
Therefore, monitoring sea turtle nest conditions is important to further understand the nesting behaviour of hatchlings and the changes in sand temperature of the nests.
Research and Conservation with Cutting Edge Technology
As part of the ongoing conservation efforts, DevicesWorld has adapted its iSCADA platform to make it easier for scientists to conduct their research and monitoring of sea turtle nests on the beaches of Malaysia.
With it’s specially designed Natural Environment Sensor Terminal (iNEST) system, scientists can take advantage of iSCADA’s advanced data monitoring technologies to keep track of sea turtle egg clutches during incubation continuously and in real-time.
iNEST — Built on iSCADA Technology
iNEST is an environmentally conscious and socially responsible project by DevicesWorld, in conjunction with various other partners who are committed to studying and bettering our natural environment. It is also a wonderful demonstration of the adaptability of our iSCADA technology which enables real-time delivery of data via the Internet — anywhere, anytime and to anyone.
Whether it is to monitor data to cut energy costs, or for the pursuit of science, iSCADA delivers.
How Does iNEST Benefit Sea Turtles?
iNEST is an environmentally friendly, non-intrusive and self-sustaining monitoring system that delivers real-time data on the eggs’ incubation process with minimal disturbances to the natural environment of the nest. The system allows scientists to understand more on how, where and when sea turtles nest, thereby giving us valuable insight into how we can better protect the nesting habitats of these wonderful creatures.
Where Has iNEST Been Implemented?
Currently, the system is installed in Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang, Malaysia. It consists of 7 junctions that are able to monitor a total of 12 turtle nests simultaneously and 2 control nests where one is placed under the sun and the other in the shade.
How it Works
Committed to the Environment
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu & SEATRU
The University of Malaysia Terengganu’s (UMT) Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) has been studying the ecology and behaviour of sea turtles for more than a decade. With a small team of full time staff, the unit depends greatly on volunteer manpower for their continued effectiveness.
Through the years, countless volunteers have given up their time, staying for week-long stretches on the island in order to assist the research and conservation effort. With the atmosphere in the camp being one of good cheer and camaraderie, the unit works well with volunteers from all walks of life and serves as both a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and a poignant reminder of the impact humans are able to have on the ecology of nature.
To join in the conservation efforts, learn more about the program and how to volunteer, do explore the SEATRU official site via the button below: