Nevada Research Data CenterStreaming Data Management for Sensor Networks
The Nevada Research Data Center serves in a critical role of science cyberinfrastructure for sensor-based research data management. We facilitate the acquisition, transport, storage, query, and dissemination of observational data created by automated digital sensor systems. The NRDC participates in cutting-edge software and systems development to enhance next-generation science that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT). Our goal is to transform the scale, quality, impact, and bottom-line cost of research projects in Nevada that seek to deploy automated sensor systems as part of their scientific workflow.
The Nevada Research Data Center is dedicated to providing services and curation for project-level datasets and needs. The center was born out of a data portal that was developed during a Track 1 NSF EPSCoR project on climate change that included a cyberinfrastructure component. This project was later dubbed "NevCAN", and through the infrastructure created via NevCAN, the NRDC was started.
Operations & Services
The NRDC is currently funded exclusively through Nevada NSF-EPSCoR [link] programs as part of large interdisciplinary research. We operate remote high-speed digital data links as part of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory wide-area research data network, and we maintain a cluster of servers that house our primary data storage and software services. The NRDC maintains near-real-time archival of both flat-file and relational data structures of small-to-moderate scale. Our individual project databases range from a few hundred to billions of individual data points. We expose project data to to researchers and collaborators using high-performance query interfaces as well as aggregated file archives. Our data are shared directly with the Western Regional Climate Center, the Southern Nevada Research Center (UNLV), the PRISM Climate Group at the Oregon State University, and the DataOne distributed data curation clearinghouse.
Research & Development
At the NRDC, we are always developing better solutions for research cyberinfrastructure (CI). We are active participants in the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Federation, and work as a national community member to improve standards, practices, and technologies in science data management. Our research includes a significant student education and training component, where computer science and engineering students interface with domain scientist "clients" and seek to aid their sensor-based research using CI tools. We believe that this cross-disciplinary integration of engineering with domain science will ultimately produce much higher-quality science and research in Nevada and elsewhere.
The mission of Nevada’s proposed Track-1 project is to advance knowledge and discovery through research on solar energy generation, its environmental impacts, and associated water issues and accelerate this research by developing new capabilities in cyber-infrastructure. Benefits include diversifying Nevada’s economy, building its workforce, and developing innovative approaches to STEM education.
NevCAN is a network of sites dedicated to the monitoring and recording of climate conditions in some of the most remote places in Nevada. The transects setup at each of these sites have a variety of sensors such as air temperature and humidity, imagery, precipitation, soil moisture, and tree sap flow. In addition, several efforts have been pursued in improving climate change education as well as climate modeling.
Climate in the Walker Basin has had tremendous impact on past landscapes in terms of snow cover, river flow, lake levels, and vegetation coverage. In modern times, many people, livelihoods, and human activities are affected by conditions such as extended drought. Planning decisions are made by ranchers, farmers, local communities, and federal agencies in response to prevailing climate conditions. Understanding how climate and water supply varies in the Walker Basin and how it can affect the landscape geographically can assist operational long-term decision making.
This project seeks to improve the quality and quantity of past and present climate data in the Basin through various methods involving sensors, surveys, and analysis.
This project is a study to measure the impacts of various forest management practices on the hydrology. Located in Lassen National Forest, there are several sites that contain a group of meteorological and hydraulic sensors measuring a variety of properties. The purpose of this study is to better understand the effects of various forest management practices on forest hydrology, in particular, the impact on snow pack accumulation and melt timing. The desired outcome of this project is to better understand the effects of particular forest management practices on forest hydrology.
Nevada’s economy relies on natural resources. The health of the state's mining, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and tourism and recreation economic sectors hinges on the availability, accessibility, and health of the state's natural resources. Faculty and staff of the Center of Resource Economics (CORE) research the conflicts that often arise when the same resources serve different purposes, and tries to find ways to enhance economic development, while preserving Nevada's natural environment and amenities.
CORE addresses important issues regarding the management of agricultural and related businesses, the functioning of agricultural markets, the protection and use of natural resources, the performance of government policies affecting agricultural, natural resources, rural development and related industries, and the impacts of decisions made by consumers and stakeholders.
The Nevada Research Data Center is continually on the look out for new datasets to acquire and host, with the permission of their respective owners. If you have a dataset that you wish to make available for use by outside research efforts, or if you wish for the NRDC to accommodate your data in a meaningful way tailored to your needs, please fill out this form below:
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