UMaine Narratives - Information Technology
End-to-End Connectivity for Sustainability Science
Maine Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) received a $1 million award from NSF EPSCoR for its Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) C2 program. The two-year project, “Maine EPSCoR End-to-End Connectivity for Sustainability Science Collaboration,” will allow the state to continue to build on the progress it has made in the last few years in enhancing the connectivity of its research, higher education and K-12 institutions through Maine’s Research and Education Network.
To date, Maine’s cyberinfrastructure efforts have focused on building networking and computing power at the state level, with an emphasis on expanding the state’s optical network to overcome basic connectivity limitations. This project will leverage those multimillion-dollar investments that have already been made for the installation of 1,100 miles of middle-mile fiberoptic cable, shared resources for high-performance and cloud computing, the Maine School and Library Network, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, and high-performance visualization and videoconferencing.
Lake water quality
A state-of-the-art sensor buoy system deployed in Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park is key to a high-tech water quality monitoring program launched in light of recent concerns about decreasing clarity in what is considered one of the clearest lakes in Maine.
The monitoring program is made possible by a partnership led by Friends of Acadia, Acadia National Park and the University of Maine’s Climate Change institute. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the official sponsor for the program.
The 187-acre Jordan Pond is 150 feet deep — the deepest and the second largest of the 26 lakes and ponds on the island. Described as one of Acadia’s most pristine lakes with exceptional water quality, Jordan Pond is the water supply for Seal Harbor. The automated monitoring will provide a more comprehensive perspective on water conditions, and inform decisions about lake protection measures. It also will monitor conditions before, during and after major weather events to understand changes the pond undergoes.