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The goal of the Farming in the Climate Change Era project is to create a field deployable system to monitor the volume of water that is applied to a field. Gerrad Jones, an environmental engineer and chemist at Oregon State University, has tasked our team to develop this system of water management for the Quechan Indian Tribe in Southern California. The tribe is located in Imperial Valley, near the US/Mexico border, in one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world; however, this region is naturally very dry and must be irrigated year-round. The system will measure and record instantaneous flow data, and then send that data to a remote server where it can be displayed and viewed by water managers to track water application in real time.