Background:  The Sevilleta LTER possesses a large
network of diverse research sites, weather stations, and webcams
interconnected by a wireless network that can be remotely accessed by
researchers around the world. Presently, there are approximately thirty
networked research sites comprising of over fifty dataloggers, thousands
of sensors, and several webcams distributed over more than 100 square
miles of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. This network includes
several hundred miles of wireless links which extend to Sevilleta
LTER research sites near Mountainair and Willard, more than 60 miles
from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station. The two group leaders (Brown and
Natvig) have hands-on experience with all aspects of this system, from
remote wireless networking to the instrumentation of long-term
manipulative experiments. This system is therefore a valuable
springboard for training.