More than 75 participants from across all six areas of Berkeley Lab attended a half-day workshop on December 1 to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with ecosystem sensing and characterization. Hosts Eoin Brodie, Senior Scientist, Ecology Department, and research scientist Yuxin Wu, opened the morning workshop with an explanation of the work underway by Lab researchers to establish advanced sensors and sensor networks to quantify biological-environmental feedbacks across scales, such as from individual plants to entire watersheds or from nanometers to meters, and to provide virtual connections between laboratory, controlled mesoscale, and field experiments.
Eight presentations addressed the diversity of what measurements are needed – and the potential for what can be measured with advanced, integrated sensory networks. Topics included:
• In-situ Miniature Sensors (Peter Denes)
• Biological Sensing (Caroline Ajo-franklin)
• Plant Root Sensing (Yuxin Wu)
• Soil Carbon Mapping (Arun Persaud)
• Above- and below-ground Integration (Baptiste Dafflon)
• Distributed Sensing (Jonathan Ajo-Franklin)
• Atmosphere chemical sensing (Kolby Jardine)
• Drone-based Monitoring (Sebastien Biraud)
Additional presentations by Susan Hubbard, Deb Agarwal, Alex Sim, Dmitriy Morozov, and Bill Riley featured networking, data, and simulation. Workshop participants then separated into two breakout groups. The groups focused on identifying a few advances that Berkeley Lab could collectively address by integrating Berkeley Lab expertise and the EcoSENSE concepts.