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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LONGWOOD ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVATORY (LEO)

The Longwood Environmental Observatory (LEO) is a network of environmental sensors that collect data on land, water, and atmospheric processes. Data from the sensors are remotely added to a searchable database for use by students, teachers, researchers, and the public. The network is constructed using Arduino circuit boards that connect the sensors to a wireless network at each site. LEO was designed to provide tool a to communicate high resolution environmental data to professional, student, and citizen scientists. The implementation and construction of the network was completed in collaboration with undergraduate students and therefore has also provided opportunities for students to develop technical experience in computer and environmental science. The LEO web interface, which was also designed and implemented by undergraduate students, allows public access to the data collected by the network. Although the network is not fully operational yet, LEO has already shown the value of interdisciplinary projects that integrate student learning with scientific communication.

Evan Barnes (Primary Presenter/Author), Longwood University, evan.barnes@live.longwood.edu;


Jessica Hoak ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Longwood University, jessica.hoak@live.longwood.edu;


Kenneth Fortino ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Longwood University, fortinok@longwood.edu;


Dina Leech ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author), Longwood University, leechdm@longwood.edu;


Mark Fink ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Kathy Gee ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Vanessa Gentry ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Alec Hosterman ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Chris Labosier ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Rachel Lombardi ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Robert Marmorstein ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Hunter Plumley ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);


Kristina Rogers ( Co-Presenter/Co-Author);