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Nevada's NSF EPSCoR program includes funding to make the Desert Research Institute's Technical Editors available to assist NSHE faculty with proposal preparation.
2011 Funding for CI-Related Training Opportunities
Nevada EPSCoR Field Day 2011 on the Long Now Camp
On July 15th and 16th, 2011, members of the Long Now Foundation and the Nevada EPSCoR Climate Change project met in the Snake Range of Eastern Nevada, to discuss the progress on the construction of the monitoring transect stations on Long Now property. Approximately 10 Nevada EPSCoR personnel, 18 Long Now representatives, 3 visiting scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and 3 visiting engineering students from France were in attendance.
On Friday night, the group met at the Long Now base camp near the EPSCoR Sagebrush West monitoring site for a group dinner and campfire, prepared by Long Now Director of Operations Laura Welcher. After this, Scotty Strachan from the University of Nevada Reno gave a presentation on the Nevada EPSCoR Climate Change project, describing the goals and objectives for the plan. He outlined the physical nature of the monitoring stations and what they are measuring, along with a description of the support infrastructure such as the solar power systems and high-speed wireless network. Drs. Franco Biondi and Tom Albright, also from the University of Nevada, Reno, gave brief introductions to their specific scientific interests and goals associated with the EPSCoR monitoring stations.
On Saturday morning, the group assembled at a staging area just off the paved road and proceeded up the mountain. A short stop was made to point out the location of the Pinyon-Juniper ecosystem EPSCoR site, which is located on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property, and then the party proceeded up past the station in the Montane life-zone to the highest site in the project. This station, positioned within the Subalpine environment, is poised to make the most critical observations related to climate variability, water supply, and ecological patterns. Because of this, the Nevada EPSCoR project is putting substantial effort into constructing the Subalpine site infrastructure, in anticipation of harsh conditions and frequent equipment problems. Scotty gave a tour of this site, illustrating all of the work done by the EPSCoR team over the previous year and the most recent work party that same week. Kurt Bollacker, the Digital Research Director for the Long Now Foundation, was particularly impressed by the level of redundancy implemented by the EPSCoR team in an effort to maintain powered operation at the site year-round. He commented that while there is no way to completely eliminate single points of hardware failure in systems of this nature, the EPSCoR team had nevertheless reduced the number of these occurrences to a commendable level. After the site tour and a picnic lunch with the ancient Bristlecones, the group split up to explore and accomplish additional installation goals. Dr. Albright, several Long Now members, and the visiting Chinese scientists, Zhishang Zhang (Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Institute), Weikung Yang, and Jun Li (Xinjiang Institute for Ecology and Geography) set out for the summit of Mt. Washington, taking many photographs of the breathtaking views and unique environment. Saturday evening saw everyone safely back to base camp, gears were packed and goodbyes were exchanged. As is apparent in the photographs, a good time was had by all, and the ties between environmental researchers, property owners, and intellectual stakeholders were strengthened once more. The Long Now Foundation expressed their continued support of the EPSCoR objectives of baseline monitoring combined with specific experimental study. This is welcome news for environmental research in the Great Basin in an area considered one of the most unique ecosystems in North America.
Written by: Scotty Strachan
Environmental Research Coordinator
Department of Geography /University of Nevada, Reno