April 14, 2003

Santa Rosa Native American Reservation Links with HPWREN

Although weather conditions challenged HPWREN researchers during their latest connectivity task, the team gladly reports that the Santa Rosa Native American reservation now has broadband Internet access.

Despite rather intense fog and wind, the HPWREN team and Santa Rosa tribal members deploy a relay link on the Santa Rosa Native American reservation, which is located in southeastern Riverside county. This solar-powered site provides the tribe with high-speed access to the Internet.

In exchange for linking the Santa Rosa Native Americans to HPWREN, the NSF-funded research project was granted access to the tribe's land atop Toro Peak. "This mutually beneficial collaboration is modelled after the arrangements that we have made with other tribes, such as Pala," said HPWREN PI Hans-Werner Braun.

"Thanks to our access to Santa Rosa property on Toro Peak, HPWREN is able to reach remote seismic sensors in the Anza Borrego desert, an ecological reserve in Boyd Deep Canyon, and the Kings Stormwater Bridge near Salton Sea. Being able to provide the reservation's educational facility with network access is an added bonus for our project's efforts as we aim to outreach to both remote research and education sites."

The solar-powered Santa Rosa reservation installation also includes weather sensors, which measure climate conditions such as
and barometric pressure.

Additional images regarding the Santa Rosa connection are available at https://cdn.hpwren.ucsd.edu/images/20030307/, https://cdn.hpwren.ucsd.edu/images/20030211/, and https://cdn.hpwren.ucsd.edu/images/20030128/.

HPWREN-collected weather data is available at /Weather/.

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