Sensor Webs in Digital Earth: Monitoring Climate Change Impacts
The University of Alaska Southeast is currently implementing a sensor web identified as the SouthEast Alaska MOnitoring Network for Science, Telecommunications, Education, and Research (SEAMONSTER). From power systems and instrumentation through data management, visualization, education, and public outreach, SEAMONSTER is designed with modularity in mind. We are utilizing virtual earth infrastructures to enhance both sensor web management and data access. We will describe how the design philosophy of using open, modular components contributes to the exploration of different virtual earth environments. We will also describe the sensor web physical implementation and how the many components have corresponding virtual earth representations. This presentation will provide an example of the integration of sensor webs into a digital earth. We suggest that sensor networks and sensor webs should integrate into digital earth systems and provide a resource easily accessible to both scientists and the public. The initial scientific application of the SEAMONSTER sensor web is to monitor climate change impacts of glaciated watersheds in Southeast Alaska. Melting glaciers are dominating the biogeochemistry of watersheds and as the glaciers disappear, this influence will diminish. By monitoring these watersheds using a sensor web, we are improving knowledge regarding impacts of climate change.
KeywordsClimate Change Impact Open Geospatial Consortium Lake Drainage Public Outreach Battery Bank
Funding for SEAMONSTER is provided by NASA Earth Science Technology Office grant AIST-05-0105, NOAA Education Partnership Panel Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Science Center Grant, and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant No. 0553000. Logan Berner, Marijke Habermann, Erica Halford, Josh Jones, Edwin Knuth, Nick Korzen, Holly Moeller, David Sauer, Shannon Siefert, Suzie Teerlink, Larry Brewster and James Miller have provided SEAMONSTER support.
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