|May was a busy month for TIDES! We held our quarterly field experiments at Camp Roberts, exhibited at AFCEA Joint Warfighting and participated in FEMA's National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11).
This issue also features innovative uses of solar technology, water, and sanitation in the ongoing effort to irradiate contaminated water in Japan.
Decontaminating Irradiated Water in Japan
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The world watched as Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant suffered a partial meltdown after being struck by an earthquake and tsunami. The fallout from that disaster resulted in the irradiation of critical drinking water for the local populace. WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc.
helped provide a solution to that problem. WorldWater donated two solar powered water pumps to Japan that would help provide safe drinking water to victims of the disaster. One pump is used in combination with a reverse osmosis filter which forces salt and radioactive molecules out of the water, allowing only the much smaller H20 molecules through. This pump can provide up to 3,000 gallons of clean water a day. The other pump and filter can clean up to 30,000 gallons of biologically contaminated water per day. More info on this story can be found here.
Camp Roberts 2011 Wrap Up
TIDES and the Naval Postgraduate School held their
RELIEF (Research and Experimentation for Local and International Emergency and First Response) experiments at Camp Roberts, California. RELIEF enhances capabilities for the first responder and crisis response community by providing possible solutions to challenges brought about by natural and man-made disasters in both domestic and international environments; as well as creates linkages between NGOs, local, state, and federal entities, and the military to achieve common goals of post-disaster recovery. The most recent exercise examined geospatial awareness functions of DoD's QuickNets situational awareness project. QuickNets was designed to deploy a back-packable system for supporting the basic communications infrastructure and social media infrastructure in a disaster zone. Participants used crowdsourced technologies to run mock application of QuickNets in order to test its integrated mapping and GIS imagery tools. Additionally, RELIEF participants took part in testing out rescue and relief technologies such as portable tents; and reviewed and integrated imagery from the unmanned aerial systems into existing GIS platforms for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief purposes. The group also participated in the mock evacuation drill in order to review and assess the needs and concerns of stricken populations, and to better understand which HA/DR technologies and products can be most applicable to provide relief, protection and security.