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Wednesday, July 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
EnviroSensing: Sensor Data, Technology, and Best Practices

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Session Overview
Sponsored by the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster, this session is open to scientists, information managers, and technologists interested in the general topic of in-situ environmental sensing for science and management. Our community of practitioners promotes conversation around, and development and refinement of techniques to observe natural Earth system processes over short and long timescales. In this session, we will hear short talks on new data types, interesting technology applications, project case studies, data management, related software tools, quality control processes, and other advances in the field.

Session Agenda
  1. Presenters: Scotty Strachan & Renée F. Brown, EnviroSensing Cluster Co-chairs
    Presentation Title: ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster & Session Introduction
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9275468
  2. Invited Keynote: Joseph Bell, USGS
    Presentation Title: USGS Next Generation Water Observing System
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9275462
  3. Presenter: Martha Apple, Montana Tech
    Presentation Title: Sensors in Snowy Alpine Environments: Part I, Microhabitats and Plant Functional Traits
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9275465
  4. Presenter: James Gallagher, OPeNDAP
    Presentation Title: Sensors in Snowy Alpine Environments: Part II, Sensor Networks with LoRa - James Gallagher, OPeNDAP
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9275471
  5. Presenter: Renée Brown, McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER
    Presentation Title: Environmental Data Acquisition from the Bottom of the Earth
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9389792
  6. Presenter: Connor Scully-Allison, University of Nevada Reno
    Presentation Title: 5 in 10: A Practical Breakdown of 5 Frontend Libraries to Speed Up the Development of Interactive Visualizations
    Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8953652
  7. Group discussion, Future Directions, and Closing Remarks

Session recording is here.

Session Take-Aways
  1. Visualization Dashboards: Sensor users struggle with effective real-time visualization tools and data quality assessment pipelines. Network managers and scientists with deployments need effective dashboards. Viz libraries exist, but are not yet adapted into specific tools for our applications.
  2. Telemetry & Emerging Tech (LoRa): Small-scale sensor users and geographically-dense applications are leveraging emerging low-power, long-distance radio technologies, such as LoRa. This radio technology and related network topologies are driving “open” networks for data transfer in near-real-time. The USGS is applying LoRa in the Next-Gen Water Network.
  3. Sensor Metadata & Raw Data Archival: Software tools to capture uniform metadata for sensor deployments don’t exist. People at all scales are doing this manually or not at all, challenging FAIR Data practices. "Raw" sensor data are useful for science questions that leverage noise or unintended behavior. Documenting deployments and archiving raw data will improve workflows and allow use of sensor data in novel, unanticipated ways.


James Gallagher

Contractor, OPeNDAP

Martha Apple

Montana Tech
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Renée F. Brown

Information Manager, McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER
Environmental sensor networks, data management, long-term ecological research, desert ecosystems, nitrogen and carbon biogeochemical cycles, climate change.
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Scotty Strachan

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

Wednesday July 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 316
  Room 316, Breakout