December 19, 2008
HPWREN and StSS Teams Collaborate with Mountain Empire Middle School for Ocean Terracing LIVE
Mountain Empire Middle School science students participated in "Ocean Terracing LIVE" with Marine Biologist Benjamin Pister at the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area. Dr. Pister shared information regarding ocean terracing and then fielded an array of questions posed by the middle school students.
December 11, 2008
Experimental representation of HPWREN activities in Google Earth
To demonstrate some of the scope of HPWREN and its use via project partners, an attempt was made to map some of the activities via multiple approaches into geographical information via the kml format which Google Earth utilizes.
November 22, 2008
Technology Transfer Workshop for National Park Service staff and educators led by HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program staff
HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program led a two-day Technology Transfer Workshop and Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) backpack system training for National Park Service staff and educators.
November 21, 2008
7th Annual HPWREN Users meeting held at the Pala Native American Reservation
The 7th Annual HPWREN Users meeting was hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians on November 19, 2008 in their Administration building.
November 17, 2008
HPWREN: An Important Aid to Earth Strain Monitoring
UCSD/SIO is operating an array of longbase laser strainmeters at three locations in the HPWREN area: Pinyon Flat, Durmid Hill, and south of Salton City. The purpose of these instruments is to measure how the Earth deforms over time, and especially before and after earthquakes.
October 31, 2008
October LIVE Activities Include Experiments with Off-Shore ROV, Rural Science Class, and SDSC Building Dedication
The past few weeks have been busy for the HPWREN LIVE and NPS StSS teams. The applied research efforts encompassed tests involving an off-shore ROV, an experiment at a rural mountain school, and LIVE demonstrations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center's New Building Dedication.
October 10, 2008
Networked status monitoring of HPWREN solar power sites
Recently, HPWREN's Dos Picos relay site suffered a failure which caused the solar charging system output to fall to half of it's normal power. This incident highlighted the need for a more pro-active method of monitoring the health of the power systems at remote HPWREN sites.
October 2, 2008
Listen to the River and the Ocean: Experimental HPWREN Acoustics Sensors
As part of ongoing experimentation with often inexpensive sensors, HPWREN, with the SDSU Field Stations Program and the NPS Cabrillo National Monument as collaboration partners, has begun a prototype deployment of acoustics sensors for environmental sounds.
September 27, 2008
HPWREN weather sensor updated on Lyons Peak
HPWREN has been supporting a weather sensor at the backbone site on Lyons Peak for the last few years. A new sensor has been added to address difficulties with the old one.
September 19, 2008
Dwarf planets on the rise
This week the International Astronomical Union announced that the number of officially named dwarf planets has risen to five. Three of these worlds were discovered using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Caltech's Palomar Observatory, using HPWREN for the observational data.
September 4, 2008
HPWREN backbone upgrades to FCC-licensed radio spectrum completed
With the completion of the radio link upgrade between Mount Laguna and Toro Peak on August 28, all main HPWREN backbone links now utilize spectrum licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, in either the 6 GHz or 11 GHz bands.
August 31, 2008
USArray TA starts moving east!
Three contributed ANZA seismic network stations are part of the 2000 USArray seismic stations being installed as part of the National Science Foundation's EarthScope initiative.
August 15, 2008
Women Scientists in Action: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Hosts HPWREN LIVE and National Park Service StSS Collaboratory Activity
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center summer campers recently participated in a Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) activity between the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area and a lecture hall at the Science Center.
June 17, 2008
HPWREN Collaborates with National Park Service for the 2008 National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California
The HPWREN team participated in the annual National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory on May 30-31 with collaborators from the National Park Service (NPS) California Mediterranean Research Learning Center, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
June 4, 2008
Super-luminous stellar explosion observed via the Palomar Observatory, possibly resulting in a quark star
Astronomers recently announced that they have found a novel explanation for a rare type of super-luminous stellar explosion that may have produced a new type of object known as a quark star.
June 2, 2008
Activation of the dedicated HPWREN backbone connection with Piñon Flats Observatory
On May 21, 2008, a dedicated HPWREN backbone connection was established between Toro Peak and the Piñon Flats Observatory.
June 1, 2008
How Does HPWREN help the Global Seismographic Network?
Project IDA (International Deployment of Accelerometers) is currently funded by NSF via a subaward from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to operate 40 stations of the Global Seismographic Network (GSN).
May 22, 2008
HPWREN and the Infrasound Project at the Piñon Flat Observatory
The Laboratory for Atmospheric Acoustics group at UCSD has used the HPWREN network since November 2004, with data coming from an array of microbarometers at the observatory.
May 20, 2008
How Does HPWREN Help the Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensor (OFIS) Development Team?
HPWREN connects OFIS facilities at the Piñon Flat Observatory in the Southern California high desert, and at Camp Elliott, located in San Diego county.
May 16, 2008
AmeriFlux Intercomparison at HPWREN-connected SDSU Sky Oaks Field Station
An AmeriFlux intercomparison was conducted by Dr. Hongyan Luo at the Sky Oaks Field Station's Old Stand site from April 18th to 28th, 2008.
May 14, 2008
HPWREN Collaborates with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for Astronomy Day 2008: Palomar Observatory Hosts Live Interactive Virtual Exploration for Participants
On May 10, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center hosted an HPWREN Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) activity featuring the Palomar Observatory in conjunction with their annual Astronomy Day.
May 13, 2008
Upgrade of the HPWREN/RoadNet capabilities between Mount Laguna and Superstition Mountain across the Anza Borrego Desert
The HPWREN/RoadNet segment between Mount Laguna and Superstition Mountain, which extends the HPWREN backbone east of Mount Laguna, was upgraded to accommodate additional capacity at a different radio frequency.
April 4, 2008
Caltech's Palomar Observatory now upgraded to 155Mbps connectivity via HPWREN
An upgrade of major parts of the HPWREN backbone from 45 megabits per second to 155 Mbps terrestrial microwave links is now boosting the network performance of the California Institute of Technology's Palomar Observatory.
March 18, 2008
HPWREN collaborates in Florida
James Hale describes experiences from when he was drafted for HPWREN purposes during some of his Florida vacation time.
March 16, 2008
HPWREN creates a project summary video for NSF
The HPWREN team and its collaborators created a high-definition video, requested by the National Science Foundation, which summarizes some of the project, and its interdisciplinary and multi-institutional nature.
February 20, 2008
HPWREN camera observes more than four years of post-fire plant regrowth
An incidental benefit of a fire camp connection in 2003 is the availability of a fixed digital still camera for environmental monitoring. A time-lapse animation illustrates more than four years of post-fire regrowth behavior.
February 15, 2008
Pala Native American Youth Explore Tidepools via HPWREN LIVE
The HPWREN team worked with staff at the Pala Learning Center, the National Park Service (NPS), and the NSF-funded Indigenous Earth Sciences Project for a Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) activity.
January 7, 2008
HPWREN establishes its first OC3-capacity link
During the first week of January 2008, HPWREN established its first OC3-capacity (about 155 megabits per second each direction at full-duplex) wireless link across about 12 miles between the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains in San Diego County.
January 1, 2008
New large-size digital images available from visibility cameras at the Cabrillo National Monument
HPWREN collaborated with Cabrillo National Monument and the California Mediterranean Research Learning Center (CMRLC) on high-resolution cameras to show the San Diego sky line from Point Loma.