Thoms DeBell

Researcher
Oregon State Unviersity
Earth and Space Science Informatics
United States


What led you to Earth and Space science?

From a young age, I always had a curiosity about why and how things in the environment were they way they are. My life has now become devoted to understanding the finer details of those questions.


How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

I joined in the middle of 2017 for the opportunity to gain more knowledge to better understand the world around us.


What are you working on now?

My area of interest is in remote sensing research conducted in the Openly Published Environmental Sensing Lab at Oregon State University (OPEnS Lab). This research expands the possibilities of scientific observation of our Earth, transforming the technology, methods, and culture by combining open-source development and cutting edge technology. Our experimental sensors are new approaches to precision farming within a changing climate. Specifically, how to have sensor-systems of low cost and high accuracy to be used across a multitude of agricultural settings and for research in environmental science. *Additionally, it seeks to advance the field of environmental sensing for agricultural and environmental sciences through development of novel adaptation of rapid prototyping, development microprocessors, and experimental data transmission in order to create global engagement through the world’s first curated system of peer-reviewed, DOI indexed, open-source publication of designs and validation studies of evolving scientific instrumentation for environmental observation. Methods and technologies facilitating internet connectivity and near real time status updates of sensors for environmental sensing and precision agriculture are of increasing interest in the field (of what). We built an open source LoRa receiver hub and sd data logger that dynamically uploads data transmissions from wirelessly connected Evaporometer stations to Google Drive. Data is then accessed by a GeoVisualization app for near real time access and viewing.