XGEM Big Idea Challenge
In February this year, my colleagues and I across the OU campus formed the XGEM Big Idea Challenge team. The full name of the project is Enhancing Future Community Sustainability via Greenhouse Gas Emission Monitoring. You can view the press release here. The E-C-S phonetically sounds like “X”, hence the acronym. Led by Prof. Binbin Weng in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering here at OU, we aim to tackle GHG emissions from a holistic perspective. We have many goals across the project, and all of these goals tie into one “big picture” goal to assess GHG impacts across scales. We hope to manage a combination of sensing and mitigation strategies from top-down and bottom-up methods to make sustainable climate impact. In the end, we hope to achieve a sort of feedback loop for policymakers by providing critical information. This feedback loop will advise them on best actions to mitigate climate change.
With the modest funding we receive from this award, my team will seed new grant initiatives at OU. The funding may be modest compared to the big federal grants, but it is still the largest internal grant awarded at OU. Our team is using the money to get the initial data we need to help us succeed in grant efforts. This is a big team, it has the most members of all of the BIC awardees. I look forward to working with my transdisciplinary colleagues on this extremely complex challenge.
As a co-PI, I am in charge of the sensor development and deployment “research thrust”. We are committed to improving the current gas sensing strategies and hardware to detect GHGs. We will act as a supporting role to the higher level challenges in the project, advising them how best to sense gases. Already we are working closely with the atmospheric modeling team and urban planning team. In particular, I look forward to putting my previous work to good use in addition to new developments. This also has some interesting connections to my previous work on Aeroecology, as the two are incredibly interconnected.