Project Overview

The Lilly ARBOR Project is a floodplain forest restoration experiment along the White River in downtown Indianapolis. It has produced effective methods to restore river margins and improve water quality in central Indiana.

Over the past five years, environmental research scientists from the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science have worked with community partners, university students, and K-12 students and teachers to transform the Lilly ARBOR Project site from mown turf grass into a thriving wildflower, shrub, and sapling forest that is teeming with life.

With an emphasis on community-based research, the ARBOR project has been a test bed for utilizing new sensor technologies for remote environmental monitoring systems.

System Description

The ARBOR restoration site includes one bridge-mounted and four well-deployed YSI multi-parameter sondes along a one-mile stretch of the White River and the Western edge of the IUPUI Campus.

The system utilizes NexSens 4100-iSIC data loggers with radio telemetry for hourly data retrieval, uploading it to a WQData server hosted within CEES. The ARBOR site is part of an extensive network of wetlands, rivers, and lakes; this network was developed by CEES for the exploration of advanced monitoring technologies to better understand water quality and water resource management while learning about complex ecosystems.

The network includes 28 field-deployed sondes, seven with real-time transmission capabilities, and two weather stations throughout central Indiana.


NexSens iSIC Data Logger

Specifically designed for remote environmental monitoring applications, the iSIC data logger offers superior data acquisition performance in extreme conditions.

YSI 6600 V2-2 Multi-Parameter Water Quality Sonde

The YSI 6600 V2-2 sonde offers the most comprehensive water quality monitoring package available and is designed for use with the 6562 Rapid Pulse polarographic DO probe.

NexSens iChart 6 Software

iChart software simplifies and automates many of the tasks associated with acquiring, processing, analyzing and publishing environmental data.

NexSens WQData LIVE Web Datacenter

WQData LIVE is a secure web datacenter providing an online interface for viewing environmental data. It offers 24/7 instant access to project data using any web browser.