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Adrian C Ardelean, Alexandru Onaca, Petru Urdea, Adriana Sărășan
The study of sediment production, transport, storage and discharge in alpine drainage basins is an essential prerequisite for a better understanding of the postglacial evolution of the alpine landscape. To get an overview on sediment production and alpine landscape evolution in Romania, the current study presents the first alpine sediment storage quantification in the Romanian Carpathians. Postglacial denudation was quantified within the small alpine catchment of the Doamnei Valley (3.62km(2)), located in the central part of the Făgăraș Mountains...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Yue Yuan, Si Chen, Huichang Zhao
In order to improve the azimuth resolution beyond what monostatic synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can achieve in the forward-looking area, an asymmetric configuration bistatic SAR system and its imaging algorithm are proposed in this paper. The transmitter is mounted on a fixed platform in side-looking mode while the receiver moves along a nonlinear trajectory in forward-looking mode. Due to the high velocity and acceleration of the maneuvering platform in both along-track and height direction, the traditional algorithms are no longer applicable...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
Marco Gabella, Andreas Leuenberger
The radio noise that comes from the Sun has been reported in literature as a reference signal to check the quality of dual-polarization weather radar receivers for the S-band and C-band. In most cases, the focus was on relative calibration: horizontal and vertical polarizations were evaluated versus the reference signal mainly in terms of standard deviation of the difference. This means that the investigated radar receivers were able to reproduce the slowly varying component of the microwave signal emitted by the Sun...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
Simon A Feros, Warren B Young, Brendan J O'Brien
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the reliability and sensitivity of performance measures in a novel pace bowling test. METHODS: Thirteen male amateur club fast bowlers completed a novel pace bowling test on two separate occasions, 4-7 days apart. Participants delivered 48 balls (8 overs), at five targets on a suspended sheet, situated behind a 'live' batter who stood in a right-handed and left-handed stance for an equal amount of deliveries. Delivery instruction was frequently changed, with all deliveries executed in a pre-planned sequence...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Sandra A Santos, Helano Póvoas de Lima, Silvia M F S Massruhá, Urbano G P de Abreu, Walfrido M Tomás, Suzana M Salis, Evaldo L Cardoso, Márcia Divina de Oliveira, Márcia Toffani S Soares, Antônio Dos Santos, Luiz Orcírio F de Oliveira, Débora F Calheiros, Sandra M A Crispim, Balbina M A Soriano, Christiane O G Amâncio, Alessandro Pacheco Nunes, Luiz Alberto Pellegrin
One of the most relevant issues in discussion worldwide nowadays is the concept of sustainability. However, sustainability assessment is a difficult task due to the complexity of factors involved in the natural world added to the human interference. In order to assess the sustainability of beef ranching in complex and uncertain tropical environment systems this paper describes a decision support system based on fuzzy rule-approach, the Sustainable Pantanal Ranch (SPR). This tool was built by a set of measurements and indicators integrated by fuzzy logic to evaluate the attributes of the three dimensions of sustainability...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Christopher Wendl, Georg Duftschmid, Deniz Gezgin, Niki Popper, Florian Miksch, Christoph Rinner
BACKGROUND: Data from the health care domain is often reused to create and parameterize simulation models for example to support life science business in the evaluation of new products. Data quality assessments play an important part to help model users in interpreting simulation results by showing deficiencies in the raw data used in the model building and offers model builders a comparison of data quality amongst the used data assets. OBJECTIVES: Assess data quality in raw data prior to creating simulation models and prepare results for model users...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Felix Liechti, Wouter M G Vansteelant
The extraordinary adaptations of birds to contend with atmospheric conditions during their migratory flights have captivated ecologists for decades. During the 21st century technological advances have sparked a revival of research into the influence of weather on migrating birds. Using biologging technology, flight behaviour is measured across entire flyways, weather radar networks quantify large-scale migratory fluxes, citizen scientists gather observations of migrant birds and mechanistic models are used to simulate migration in dynamic aerial environments...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
P Schucht, K Seidel, A Jilch, J Beck, A Raabe
Monopolar mapping of motor function differs from the most commonly used method of intraoperative mapping, i.e. bipolar direct electrical stimulation at 50-60Hz (Penfield technique mapping). Most importantly, the monopolar probe emits a radial, homogenous electrical field different to the more focused inter-tip bipolar electrical field. Most users combine monopolar stimulation with the short train technique, also called high frequency stimulation, or train-of-five techniques. It consists of trains of four to nine monopolar rectangular electrical pulses of 200-500μs pulse length with an inter stimulus interval of 2-4msec...
May 12, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
Yanbo Wei, Zhizhong Lu, Gannan Yuan, Zhao Fang, Yu Huang
In this paper, the application of the emerging compressed sensing (CS) theory and the geometric characteristics of the targets in radar images are investigated. Currently, the signal detection algorithms based on the CS theory require knowing the prior knowledge of the sparsity of target signals. However, in practice, it is often impossible to know the sparsity in advance. To solve this problem, a novel sparsity adaptive matching pursuit (SAMP) detection algorithm is proposed. This algorithm executes the detection task by updating the support set and gradually increasing the sparsity to approximate the original signal...
May 13, 2017: Sensors
Valentijn A Schweitzer, Maarten van Smeden, Douwe F Postma, Jan Jelrik Oosterheert, Marc J M Bonten, Cornelis H van Werkhoven
OBJECTIVES: The Response Adjusted for Days of Antibiotic Risk (RADAR)-statistic was proposed to improve efficiency of trials comparing antibiotic stewardship strategies to optimize antibiotic use. We studied the behaviour of RADAR in a non-inferiority trial in which a beta-lactam monotherapy strategy (BL, n=656) was non-inferior to fluoroquinolone monotherapy (FQL, n=888) for moderately-severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients. METHODS: Patients were ranked according to clinical outcome, using five or eight categories, and antibiotic use...
May 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Duo Zhang, Wen Wu, Dagang Fang, Wenqin Wang, Can Cui
In modern communication and radar applications, large-scale sensor arrays have increasingly been used to improve the performance of a system. However, the hardware cost and circuit power consumption scale linearly with the number of sensors, which makes the whole system expensive and power-hungry. This paper presents a low-cost nested multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) array, which is capable of providing O ( 2 N 2 ) degrees of freedom (DOF) with O ( N ) physical sensors. The sensor locations of the proposed array have closed-form expressions...
May 12, 2017: Sensors
Fang Donglu, Yang Wenjian, Benard Muinde Kimatu, Zhao Liyan, An Xinxin, Hu Qiuhui
To clarify the dynamic changes of flavour components in mushrooms packed with different packaging materials during storage, comprehensive flavour characterization, non-volatile and volatile compounds of Flammulina velutipes were evaluated using electronic nose (E-nose), electronic tongue (E-tongue) technology and headspace solid phase micro-extraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS), respectively. Results showed that volatile compounds of fresh F. velutipes mainly consisted of ketones and alcohols, with 3-octanone being the predominant compound...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Michelle Kelly, Skye McDonald, Matthew H J Frith
OBJECTIVES: To examine the social cognition assessment practices of clinicians working with children and adults with traumatic brain injury. MAIN MEASURES: Online survey addressing frequency of social cognition impairments, how these are assessed and obstacles to same, and treatment practices. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 443 clinicians worldwide working in inpatient and outpatient settings. RESULTS: While 84% of clinicians reported that more than half of their clients with severe traumatic brain injury had social cognition impairments, 78% of these reported that they infrequently or never assessed these domains using a formal assessment tool...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
R Drews, F Pattyn, I J Hewitt, F S L Ng, S Berger, K Matsuoka, V Helm, N Bergeot, L Favier, N Neckel
Ice-shelf channels are long curvilinear tracts of thin ice found on Antarctic ice shelves. Many of them originate near the grounding line, but their formation mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we use ice-penetrating radar data from Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, to infer that the morphology of several ice-shelf channels is seeded upstream of the grounding line by large basal obstacles indenting the ice from below. We interpret each obstacle as an esker ridge formed from sediments deposited by subglacial water conduits, and calculate that the eskers' size grows towards the grounding line where deposition rates are maximum...
May 9, 2017: Nature Communications
Jing Liu, Weidong Zhou, Filbert H Juwono
Direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation is usually confronted with a multiple measurement vector (MMV) case. In this paper, a novel fast sparse DOA estimation algorithm, named the joint smoothed l 0 -norm algorithm, is proposed for multiple measurement vectors in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar. To eliminate the white or colored Gaussian noises, the new method first obtains a low-complexity high-order cumulants based data matrix. Then, the proposed algorithm designs a joint smoothed function tailored for the MMV case, based on which joint smoothed l 0 -norm sparse representation framework is constructed...
May 8, 2017: Sensors
Abdulla Al-Kaff, Fernando García, David Martín, Arturo De La Escalera, José María Armingol
One of the most challenging problems in the domain of autonomous aerial vehicles is the designing of a robust real-time obstacle detection and avoidance system. This problem is complex, especially for the micro and small aerial vehicles, that is due to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. Therefore, using lightweight sensors (i.e., Digital camera) can be the best choice comparing with other sensors; such as laser or radar.For real-time applications, different works are based on stereo cameras in order to obtain a 3D model of the obstacles, or to estimate their depth...
May 7, 2017: Sensors
Caipin Li, Mingyi He
Geosynchronous Orbit Synthetic Aperture Radar (GEO SAR) has recently received increasing attention due to its ability of performing staring observations of ground targets. However, GEO SAR staring observation has an ultra-long integration time that conventional frequency domain algorithms cannot handle because of the inaccurately assumed slant range model and existing azimuth aliasing. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes an improved chirp-scaling algorithm that uses a fifth-order slant range model where considering the impact of the "stop and go" assumption to overcome the inaccuracy of the conventional slant model and a two-step processing method to remove azimuth aliasing...
May 6, 2017: Sensors
Wang Yu-Fei, Jia Wei-Ping, Wu Ming-Hsun, Chien Miao-O, Hsieh Ming-Chang, Wang Chi-Pin, Lee Ming-Shih
BACKGROUND: System accuracy of current blood glucose monitors (BGMs) in the market has already been evaluated extensively, yet mostly focused on European and North American manufacturers. Data on BGMs manufactured in the Asia-Pacific region remain to be established. In this study, we sought to assess the accuracy performance of 19 BGMs manufactured in the Asia-pacific region. METHODS: A total of 19 BGMs were obtained from local pharmacies in China. The study was conducted at three hospitals located in the Asia-Pacific region...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Kyuoke Yeun, Daeyoung Kim
This paper addresses the proposal that the number of processed air tracks of a two-tier fusion process can be increased by applying a balanced fusion tree which can balance tracks across local fusion nodes. Every fusion cycle, a fusion process combines duplicate tracks from multiple radars and creates a single integrated air picture (SIAP). The two-tier fusion process divides the fusion process into local and global. The results of the local fusion process, executed at local fusion nodes, are used in the global fusion process...
May 4, 2017: Sensors
Igor Štirn, Jamie Carruthers, Marko Šibila, Primož Pori
In the present study, the effect of frequent, immediate, augmented feedback on the increase of throwing velocity was investigated. An increase of throwing velocity of a handball set shot when knowledge of results was provided or not provided during training was compared. Fifty female and seventy-three male physical education students were assigned randomly to the experimental or control group. All participants performed two series of ten set shots with maximal effort twice a week for six weeks. The experimental group received information regarding throwing velocity measured by a radar gun immediately after every shot, whereas the control group did not receive any feedback...
February 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
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