As climate change, land use changes, and invasive species increasingly threaten our nation's ecosystems, scientists need a revolutionary system to identify the long-term ecological impacts of these threats. The National Science Foundation is funding the National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON, a first of its kind nationwide sensing instrument. Similar to an EKG, which uses strategically located sensors to measure heart activity, NEON will use strategically located sensors to measure long-term ecological activity. Find out more in this video.
Firefighters risk their lives every time they run into a burning building. But new technology may soon be watching their backs, no matter how far they venture into the flames and smoke. With support from the National Science Foundation, electrical engineer Carol Politi and her team at TRX Systems are developing a new sensor system that can track firefighters where GPS units often fail. Find out more in this Science Nation video.
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The Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in NSF's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering supports and coordinates the development, acquisition and provision of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and services essential to the advancement and transformation of science and engineering. ACI also supports forward-looking research and education to expand the future capabilities of cyberinfrastructure.
The overarching goal of Hazards SEES, a program involving multiple NSF directorates and offices, is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts in hazards-related science and engineering in order to reduce the impact of hazards, enhance the safety of society and contribute to sustainability.
July 28, 2014
WIFIRE helps firefighters get a jump on wildfires
New cyberinfrastructure system monitors and forecasts where wildfires are headed
In recent years, the number and scale of wildfires in the U.S. has risen, threatening cities and forests, and forcing large-scale evacuations. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting the WIFIRE initiative, led jointly by the University of California (UC), San Diego, and the University of Maryland, to better monitor, predict and mitigate wildfires in the future.
WIFIRE merges observations, such as satellite imagery and real-time data from sensors in the field, with computational techniques like signal processing, visualization, modeling and data assimilation, to monitor environmental conditions and predict where and how fast a wildfire will spread. The project is part of the NSF Hazards SEES program, which enhances sustainability through the use of advanced technologies and new methods.
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