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Sustainable Development

Center of Economic Excellence



Award Amount

$4 million

External Funding Above Match

$5.8 million

Research Focus

Developing new technologies to support real-time monitoring and management of natural and built environments through the Intelligent River® Project. The Center has created wireless sensor networks that can reliably monitor and transmit environmental data in near real time.

University Partner

Clemson University

Private Sector Partner

Multiple Industry Partners

The Center’s mission is to advance sustainable development through technological innovation. This includes the development of new technologies, from optically-based chemical sensors to wireless networking platforms, as well as the development of new environmental and ecological models designed to support real-time monitoring and management of natural and built environments.

The Center will build on the success of the Intelligent River Project, which focuses on the development of hardware, software, and modeling infrastructure to support real-time management of water resources. More than 75 Clemson faculty members and students in areas such as wetland ecology, hydrology, landscape architecture, computer sciences, computer engineering, and environmental toxicology are collaborating on this project.
The Intelligent River Project recently was awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, competing against more than 875 other proposals. The project’s technology has the potential to transform how natural resources are managed, and has the potential to be applied to other industries, including agriculture.

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