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Field Wireless Network

July 1, 2010
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Web camera on Harvard Forest Field Wireless Network

The Harvard Forest Field Wireless Network (HFFW) became operational this spring with funding from the National Science Foundation and Harvard University. The HFFW provides high-speed Internet access to field sites across the 400-ha Prospect Hill Tract, enabling researchers and students to monitor and control their equipment over the network and to collect and process data in real time.

One such project is a regional phenology study by Prof. Andrew Richardson (Harvard Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) that utilizes four tower-based cameras to record changes in the forest canopy and subcanopy over time. The HFFW is jointly administered by the Forest and Harvard Network Operations. 

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