Several departments from the University of North Texas work together with other agencies to operate a system of environmental sensors that allows citizens and researchers to monitor conditions in soil, air, and water, as well as model future environmental conditions.
For over 10 years, the Texas Environmental Observatory (TEO) has brought together researchers from UNT's Departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Geography, and the Institute of Applied Science. For this project, UNT collaborates with the City of Denton, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the National Weather Service, the Lewisville Independent School District, among others. This project has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The TEO monitors stations throughout North Texas to record a number of environmental factors on a real-time basis, including exposure to ultraviolet rays, ozone levels, water quality, soil moisture, and weather conditions. Other systems such as the Texas Evapotranspiration Network and the National Weather Service access TEO data in real-time to use and provide information from their websites to users all over the State of Texas and the nation.
The project provides a publicly available, web-based environmental monitoring cyber-infrastructure for scientists, as well as middle and high school students and teachers studying environmental issues.