Increasing Understanding of Climate Emergencies and Enhancing Safety of Rural and Tribal Areas using Wireless Smart Sensors and Human-Environment-Data Interfaces Using Augmented Reality (AR)

This project aims to develop an interface between users and data in the context of low-cost deployment of sensors that can be tested to collect both rainfall and flooding during significant post-wildfire flooding events. The system will be wireless and validated with a local company in New Mexico, High Water Mark (HWM) LLC, with expertise in flooding. The support of Prospect Solutions, another participating company, will enable the research team to develop a transportation-directed tool that can be used for other aspects critical to durability. This project proposes using Low-cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors (LEWIS) that can be moved and installed at a very low cost, measuring both rainfall and flooding levels (elevation). Real-time data from such sensors can inform the population about the flooding with 10-20 minutes’ notice. The LEWIS sensors are connected to the internet with hotspots and their design and installation are incremental so they can be changed by the owners. The first step will be to design and demonstrate a rainfall/flooding data interface system using simulated rainfall and flooding using indoor facilities at UNM. The second step will be located outdoors near a creek in the mountains to validate the power independence of such a system and to obtain field data from a rain and/or flooding event. The third step is to create a simulation of the sensor-AR interface to collect/identify thresholds of emergencies from the experts (HWM LLC and Prospect Solutions) and subsequently from the community in a workshop, involving a demonstration at the Ohkay Owingeh Casino. The outputs of this project include the following: (1) a new AR-LEWIS interface to relate emergencies with data and data-driven decisions. Simulation of flooding using this interface (i.e., AR and LEWIS data) will be a new human-centered visualization tool; (2) updated hardware and software for sensor durability in extreme weather events, involving new internet connection design and outdoor testing to ensure long-term sustainability; and (3) collected input of the Pueblo members on this interface and recommendations on using augmented reality as a visualization tool. This transformative research is expected to have a significant impact on safety, by protecting rural and tribal communities by working together with the emergency responders. The developed sensors and their capabilities can be used to train communities and to make data-driven decisions such as evacuation due to rainfall, flooding, and wildfire.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $160000
  • Contract Numbers:


    CY1-UNM- 01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southern Plains Transportation Center

    University of Oklahoma
    201 Stephenson Pkwy, Suite 4200
    Norman, OK  United States  73019
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131-0001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Moreu, Fernando

  • Start Date: 20231001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01899463
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southern Plains Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348306, CY1-UNM- 01
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2023 5:45PM