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The sampling platform should accept (or have integrated) 1-N sensors:
The sampling platform should accept (or have integrated) 1-N sensors:
* GPS (integrated)
* GPS (integrated)
* Air temp, windspeed, gas content (CO2, O2, sulpher dioxide, CO), humidity  
* Air (temperature, windspeed, gas content (CO2, O2, SO2, CO, H2S), humidity)
* Water (temperature, salinity, pH, nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen)
* Water (temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen?, nitrates? phosphates?)
* Soil (temperature (200C, KA checking), conductivity, pH (maybe), moisture level?)
* Soil (temperature (300C), conductivity, pH, moisture level)
* Solar incidence
* Microscope w/ lights
* Camera w/ lights
Design criteria for the sampling platform:
Design criteria for the sampling platform:
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Design criteria for the base platform:
Design criteria for the base platform:
* Battery  
* Battery  
* Charging station for iPads, MBP, phones, etc.
* Charging station for Nexus, iPads, MBP, phones, etc.
* WiFi AP
* WiFi AP
* Cell phone uplink
* Cell phone uplink

Revision as of 20:33, 28 January 2013

This is an evolving stream-o-consciousness dump from my conversations with Kathleen Affholter about the Iceland gig.

Accept 5 rather than 4 in case of melt?

One approach

To Do:

What precision required for each parameter including geocoding?

Go to the island? Ferry? Will we still be in that city on the north coast? Akureri, university where we will be doing labs.

Should we visit Pellisippi in March?

How many credits for the students, in what form (research, class) do they transfer?


Do all of the EC people need to take one or both of the chemistry and geology courses or just the one that she/I teach?

Field science experiments:

Temperature contour of a volcanic mountain -

4 students plus Charlie (maximum), likely to be interested: IvanB, KristinM, TristanW, Mobeen? (graduates 6 months earlier), others?

The sampling platform should accept (or have integrated) 1-N sensors:

Design criteria for the sampling platform:

Design criteria for the base platform:

The idea is that the CCG and HIP would work together to design, build, test and deploy gear that would support a variety of field work by a geology class and a chemistry class in Iceland during July, 2013. This would cover a wide range of capabilities, from hand-held geocoded water parameter sampling to a WiFi hotspot backed by a server running Apache, Mediawiki, etc. for the students and faculty to use.

They have access to Vernier probes that measure conductivity and temperature (may need higher temperature range), possibly CO2 probes. What model numbers? Do they geocode? (Doubtful).

Wind power? Check the wind speed at the locations on the map.

USB microscope or 2 (they aren't cheap), e.g.


Base station with SVN and software projects

GPS for iPads? No, consider the Nexus 7:

Cell or satellite uplink would provide Internet connectivity in some locations. This would be done through the WiFi hotspot so that everyone could share the uplink. Or, could we tether a cell phone off of a LittleFe and use it as an access point.

Map of the locations, see the itinerary.

Ferry to that island rather than flying? Stay overnight and then return the next day.

Make duplicate kits, base unit (yin and yang) and sampling unit (karma and dogma); redundancy, split group.

Headlamps, soldering iron (butane?), solder, hand tools, thermal imaging camera, IR thermometer, Klientool

Students and faculty would use iPads, ability to cache data/notes locally and then upload to a server in the evening. Either Mediawiki or possibly something ala Google Drive running locally on the unit. Backup to the other unit (each has a spare drive which is a dupe of the others).

Wind, solar or both? Probably solar although would almost certainly have to be manually tracking.

Bluetooth air temperature sensor, belt/hat mounted, 3D thermal map of a valley/fijord

Where can we get cell service? Build a mashup and start annotating it.

How to tie this into XSEDE? Talk to ScottL, maybe have a feed from the field during the XSEDE13 conference? Use an XSEDE resource from the field to analyze/visualize some of the data?

What if any climate change indicators could we measure? Find historical temperature records and make contemporary readings in the same places? Sea level elevation? Sea temperature? Plant and/or animal ranges?

Figure-out if/how we can accentuate the movement of two tectonic plates, enough so that in ~1 day we could observe it directly.

Where's Fe heartbeat program. Unit serial number, IP, timestamp and location (as best as can be determined with IP service or GPS) uploaded every 15 minutes (default, adjustable) to hopper -> database -> visualized via a Google Maps mashup that's updated every N minutes. Started in /etc/rc.local as a detached process.

One of the places is cabins, NE, sounds like we would do some work to cover part of the cost of staying there.

Differential GPS? Is it necessary? Handheld units as well as USB for the sampling and base units.

FM radios, 4W?

What to do for the Earlham course?

Programming Resources

Tools and Supplies


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