Assessing data quality in a sensor network for environmental monitoring

Gesuri Ramirez Garcia, University of Texas at El Paso


Assessing the quality of sensor data in environmental monitoring applications is important, as erroneous readings produced by malfunctioning sensors, calibration drift, and problematic climatic conditions, such as icing or dust, are common. Traditional data quality checking and correction is a painstaking manual process, so the development of automatic systems for this task is highly desirable. This study investigates machine learning methods to identify and clean incorrect data from a real-world environmental sensor network, the Jornada Experimental Range, located in Southern New Mexico. We evaluated several learning algorithms and data replacement schemes, and developed a method to identify the problematic sensor. The evidence found and its analysis allowed us to conclude that learning algorithms are an effective way of cleansing these types of datasets and identifying noisy sensors.

Subject Area

Ecology|Environmental science|Computer science

Recommended Citation

Ramirez Garcia, Gesuri, "Assessing data quality in a sensor network for environmental monitoring" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1503745.