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Tuesday, July 14 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Recent advances in environmental sensing for monitoring and research

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In this breakout session, sponsored by the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster, we will hear short presentations interspersed with facilitated community discussions focused around recent advances in environmental sensing. Topics will include emerging low-cost, open-source technologies, sensor hardware metadata and ontologies, and using edge computing, machine learning, and other novel techniques for real-time quality-control and visualization of high-frequency datasets. In keeping with the meeting theme, case studies will include examples demonstrating how leveraging multi-institutional partnerships (e.g., academic-agency, public-private) can advance the field of environmental sensing, particularly in remote and hard-to-access locations, thereby improving sensor data FAIR-ness. The EnviroSensing community of practitioners promotes conversation around, and the development and refinement of techniques to observe natural Earth system processes over short and long timescales. We welcome anyone interested in these topics to join us and contribute new perspectives and advances to the field.

Agenda:
  • 4:00-4:10p ET: Welcome to the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster and Opening Remarks - Renée F. Brown & Scotty Strachan
  • 4:10-4:20p ET: Sensing Plant and Soil Temperatures in Snowy Alpine Environments: Part II - Martha Apple & James Gallagher
  • 4:20-4:30p ET: Exploring programmable IoT gateways to serve as scalable, ruggedized solutions to wrangling, processing, and telemetering environmental observations - Joseph Bell
  • 4:30-4:50p ET: Facilitated Group Discussion: Brainstorming virtual workshop opportunities in low-cost sensor hardware and telemetry solutions
  • 4:50-5:00p ET: TensorFlow AI on $20 microcontrollers for bio-environmental edge processing: Enabling low bandwidth transmission of high-frequency sensor information - Daniel Fuka
  • 5:00-5:10p ET: Resolving data provenance with OGC SensorML and a registry - Felimon Gayanilo
  • 5:10-5:20p ET: Tracking pollution in our environment - Steve Young
  • 5:20-5:30p ET: Facilitated Group Discussion: Community perceptions regarding embedded analytics and QA/QC

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Takeaways
  • What did we discover? Lots of advancement and alignment in LoRa tech, low-cost base platforms, and field-deployed code.
  • How can we help each other? The Cluster can organize virtual workshops with light tech modules on hardware, sensor programming, and data delivery. Would not be expensive to get kits in the hands of participants.
  • What knowledge and resources do we have to share? We have several key participants rounding out the data pipeline who have indicated interest in such a coordinated virtual hands-on workshop!

Speakers
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Felimon Gayanilo

System Architect/Enterprise IT, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
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James Gallagher

Contractor, OPeNDAP
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Steve Young

Senior Business Consultant, EPA (Retired) and Innovate! Inc
Environmental information -- management and policy. I hope to get smarter about new sensing methods, robotics, etc.
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Renée F. Brown

Information Manager, McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER
Environmental sensor networks, research data management, long-term ecological research, dryland ecosystems, soil biogeochemistry, global change. Co-chair, EnviroSensing Cluster.
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Scotty Strachan

Director of Cyberinfrastructure, University of Nevada, Reno
Institutional cyberinfrastructure, sensor-based science, mountain climate observatories!
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Dan Fuka

Scientist, Virginia Tech
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Joseph Bell

Hydrologist, USGS
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Martha Apple

Professor, Biological Sciences, Montana Technological University
Alpine Plant Ecology, Climate Change, and Environmental Sensing



Tuesday July 14, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 6