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[Ecophysiology] Fwd: Late-breaking Summer Course: Sensing Technology for the Soil Environment

Jeffrey Goldman via ecophys%40net.bio.net (by jgoldman from cens.ucla.edu)
Mon Apr 9 14:48:27 EST 2007

With apologies to repeat recipients...

Dear Colleague:

The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing would like to bring to your  
attention this late-breaking summer course in tools and technologies  
for environmental observation. Please share this announcement with  
appropriate students and colleagues.




2007 Summer Field Course

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
July 9-12, 2007 ~ James Reserve ~ Riverside, California


Next generation ecological observing systems make use of advanced  
sensors and actuators, wireless communication, low-power processors,  
and sophisticated architectures and algorithms to provide novel views  
of ecosystems and ecosystem processes. This four-day course surveys  
some of these technologies and their application to investigations of  
soil-plant interactions. Participants will evaluate the theory and  
use of observing technologies to measure energy, carbon, nutrient,  
and water fluxes at the soil atmosphere interface, including hands-on  
investigations and analyses of spatial and temporal variation.

Michael Allen, UC Riverside
Eric Graham, CENS, UC Los Angeles
Michael Hamilton, James Reserve, UC Riverside
...and others

The course begins on Monday evening with dinner, a welcome  
introduction by reserve director Michael Hamilton, and an overview  
lecture by CENS Director, Deborah Estrin. Generally, the mornings  
consist of lecture and laboratory activities, the afternoons of field  
measurements, and the evenings analysis of results. Tuesday’s focus  
is on plant physiological process and within canopy flux  
measurements. Wednesday consists of exploring the soil and soil  
processes, including exchange between soils, plants, and the  
atmosphere. The final day, Thursday, brings it all together with  
consideration of total ecosystem budgets.

Wired and wireless sensing system designs and deployments. Below  
ground sensors (CO2, temperature, moisture). Above ground sensors  
(air temperature, relative humidity, and photosynthetic active  
radiation). Soil observation chambers (minirhizotrons). Robotic  
canopy platforms.

This course is appropriate for a broad audience, including graduate  
students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, field technicians, and  
field station personnel. Priority will be given to those with an  
understanding of the biogeochemical aspects of the curriculum so that  
the focus is placed on the technology and how it can be utilized to  
investigate these phenomena in novel ways.

An application includes a copy of, or link to, a CV or profession  
webpage and a brief description of the course’s relevance to your  
work. Send applications and questions to Jeff Goldman  
<jgoldman from cens.ucla.edu> by April 27, 2007. Space is limited. Expect  
notice of acceptance by May 4, 2007. Tuition is $750 and includes  
rustic lodging and gourmet meals but NOT travel expenses to/from the  
James Reserve.


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