Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (Beacon, New York)
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Beacon, New York
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, is headquartered in the City of Beacon in Dutchess County, New York. The mission of this not-for-profit environmental research organization is to create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries.
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Beacon Institute implements its mission through a multi-disciplinary focus on science and technology, education and policy. Teams of scientists, engineers, educators, historians and policy experts take an integrated, data-driven view of how communities and ecosystems interact to create new mechanisms through which humans can gain a more sophisticated understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, economic development, restoration of ecosystems and quality of life.
The River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) is a joint effort between Beacon Institute, Clarkson University and IBM. REON is a first-of-its-kind real-time monitoring network for rivers and estuaries, and allows for continuous monitoring of physical, chemical and biological data from points in New York’s Hudson, Mohawk and St. Lawrence Rivers via an integrated network of sensors, robotics, mobile monitoring and computational technology deployed in the rivers.
Student Name and Class Year: Kimberly Lundberg, MS ’12
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