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6.3 Monitoring, Prediction, and Control of the Micro-Environment

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Berckmans, Daniel, and Erik Vranken. 2006. Section 6.3 Monitoring, Prediction, and Control of the Micro-Environment, pp. 383-401 of Chapter 6 Management and Decision Support Systems, in CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering Volume VI Information Technology. Edited by CIGR--The International Commission of Agricultural Engineering; Volume Editor, Axel Munack. St. Joseph, Michigan, USA: ASABE.  .(doi:10.13031/2013.21689)
Authors:   D. Berckmans and E. Vranken
Keywords:   3-D micro-environment, Imperfect mixing, Biological response, Ventilation rate control, Airflow pattern control

Each living organism (human, animal, plant) is living within an imperfectly mixed fluid (e.g., moist air) and is responding to its local micro-environment. To realize an efficient control of the biological response, continuous monitoring, prediction, and control of the micro-environment to variations of control inputs is required. This section describes how information technology can help us to realize active control of 3-D micro-environments around living organisms.

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