FCE IMS Future Initiatives
The FCE IMS was awarded LTER SensorNIS supplemental funds for the development of a possible
LTER network-wide tool that allows researchers to receive, handle and analyze high-resolution
sensor network data streams. Phase 1 of this effort has produced a draft of design specifications
for a tool called LEDeX: The Long-Term Ecological Data Explorer. Work is currently being done on
creating a web-based version of the LEDeX tool that will allow users to easily visualize data
choices from the FCE Data Resources via their web browser before they commit to a data download.
Future work will hopefully include development of a smart device application of the LEDex. Our
effort is part of a LTER network collaboration focused on building quality assurance and best
practice procedures and tools for managing high-throughput sensor data.
Results from this effort will result in simultaneous and collaborative improvements
in the abilities of multiple sites to provide high quality, near real-time data to the NIS,
using common approaches, and in explicit coordination with the LTER Network Office. The
completion of the virtual server migration and tool development enables the FCE program to
be comprehensive and timely contributors of sensor data and metadata to the LTER Network
Information System (NIS).
The FCE IMS group will continue working with the Climate and Disturbance Legacies and Hydrology
and Water Policies cross-cutting theme groups in expanding our current GIS data archive and finding
innovative ways to present these group's intriguing research.