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Rivers and Estuary Observatory Network (REON)

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At the confluence of the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and the Internet revolution of the 1990s is the sensor revolution that will connect us with the physical world, giving the world its first electronic nervous system (NSF, 2005). This electronic nervous system is comprised of sensors deployed at multiple scales with varying spatial and temporal resolution producing the capacity to monitor and study various environmental and hydrologic processes at the continental scale, helping inform an optimal network design and specifying support infrastructure. Towards the achievement of these overarching objectives a partnership with Clarkson University, The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (REON) and the Shoreline Environmental Research Facility (SERF) was established. Through this collaboration, we will be deploying sensors in the St. Lawrence River, the Hudson River and Corpus Christi Bay.

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Poughkeepsie Journal, photos by Karl Rabe