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Doing Business As Name:University of New Mexico
  • Fernando Moreu
  • (505) 277-1784
  • Mark C Stone
  • Carolyn J Hushman
  • Su Zhang
  • Yolanda C Lin
Award Date:09/16/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 1,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,000,000
  • FY 2021=$1,000,000
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:SCC-CIVIC-FA Track B: Low-Cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors (LEWIS) for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Post-Wildfire Flooding in Native American Communities
Federal Award ID Number:2133334
DUNS ID:868853094
Parent DUNS ID:784121725
Program:S&CC: Smart & Connected Commun
Program Officer:
  • Michal Ziv-El
  • (703) 292-0000

Awardee Location

Street:1700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 2200
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of New Mexico
Street:210 University Blvd NE Universit
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

The combined impacts of wildfires and subsequent post-wildfire floods have changed the lives and landscapes of New Mexico’s Native American Communities over the past 20 years. Native American communities, national and state agencies, university researchers, and others, have all stepped up to contribute to recovery efforts. Beyond recovery, researchers have also begun to initiate the process of fundamentally changing our approaches to building resilient communities and landscapes by learning from our tribal partners and civic partners. Specifically, tribal communities have indicated that they can benefit from building and designing their own sensor networks at a low cost, as opposed to using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors. This paradigm shift empowers the community as the sensor designer and builder: a new approach to enhancing community resilience. Community members of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo will co-design, co-build, and implement their own Low-Cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors (LEWIS) networks. This self-built, customized, and distributed sensor network will inform the community of trends and thresholds in landscapes that can help to prevent wildfires and provide critical information to early warning systems when floods occur. Our long-term vision is to develop scientific practice and evidence that will enhance the resilience of communities. The Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico will co-plan this project with researchers from four academic units of the University of New Mexico, consultants and evaluators, educators, national labs, the New Mexico Department of Transportation represented by the Tribal Liaison, and Native American Leaders in Native American Resilience in New Mexico. This research in action project addresses a critical area of need in the American Southwest – building resilience of tribal communities to the natural hazards of wildfires and post-wildfire floods. This community-based project will create a blueprint and framework for incorporating sensor data into decision support platforms. Participation from tribal youth will also increase the long-term sustainability of this project by building technical capacity within the community, which enables workforce development and training. The research will contribute to the following fields: (1) advancement of knowledge of the processes and outcomes for co-generation of knowledge between Native American communities and academic researchers; (2) incorporating place-based knowledge for co-developing resilience indices from LEWIS networks developed by the community, and decision support platforms; and (3) exploration of novel approaches to management, security, and selective sharing of data in ways that support the advancement of science, build community resilience to natural hazards, and respect concerns over data sovereignty. This project is part of the CIVIC Innovation Challenge which is a collaboration of NSF, the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technology Office, and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and Federal Emergency Management Agency. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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