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Pan-American Sensors for Environmental Observations (PASEO): An Interdisciplinary Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI)

  • Author(s): Graham, Eric
  • Chen, Victor
  • Villamizar Amaya, Sandra
  • Rat'ko, Alexander
  • Pai, Henry
  • Stauffer, Beth
  • Harmon, Thomas
  • et al.
Abstract

PASEO was an NSF-funded PASI, which is a two-week training program for U.S. and Latin American early-career scientists and engineers. It took place in February 2009 in Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The host institutions were Instituto Argentino de Oceanografia (CONICET-funded), and Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Industrial (INTI). Collaborating U.S. groups included GLEON, WATERS Network, and Codar Inc. The topic of PASEO was developing and deploying current sensor technologies to obtain a fuller understanding of environmental and ecological systems. PASEO was intended to be a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary active learning experience. Applicants participated in active learning sessions related to the fabrication, deployment, and analysis of data streaming from environmental sensors. Scientific topics included lake metabolism, eco-hydrology in a saltwater marsh, soil moisture and energy balances, and plant phenology. Opportunities for hands-on training included buoyed and robotic sensor deployment, soil sensors, DTS temperature measurements, coastal radar, and low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) sensor fabrication methods.

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