Hauling batteries and hanging from trees: Angelo gets a wireless upgrade

Out with the old, in with the new.  Reserve Steward, Peter, CZO members, Collin and

Wireless relay in a redwood on top of a ridge.

Wireless relay in a redwood on top of a ridge.

Chris, have been working with our locally owned service provider, 101Netlink, to replace the aging network infrastructure.  Our equipment of choice is telecom-grade Ubiquiti wireless radios (UBNT Rocket M2, NanoBeam M2, and NanoStation M2).

The reserve’s rugged topography and tall trees make it extremely challenging to get internet connectivity.  With over 700 realtime sensors deployed, this is a critical component to the research infrastructure.

We use trees as towers and power our equipment with solar systems.   This can provide challenges, such as lugging two 70lbs deep cycle solar batteries up a mountainside.  It also is a great excuse to climb a redwood!



National Academy of Sciences Report on Field Stations

Last July, the National Academy of Sciences released this report on Field Stations:

Schubel, J. R., Conrad, C. C., Debinski, D., Kareiva, P. M., Matsumoto, G. I., McKnight, D. M., Parmeson, C., Plowes, R., Power, A.G., Power, M.E., Stromberg, M.R.  (2014). Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century. Report of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, pp. 1–84.

This entire report can be downloaded at http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Enhancing-Value-Sustainability/18806.  It describes the critical importance of field stations in the 21st century, but also charges those who use and care for them with being more entrepreneurial in order to sustain them through an era of declining federal grant support for science in the United States.

Here, you can also view a film that features four different Angelo sequences:


Field Station book