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Researchers from the University of California, San Diego's, Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) show their StarCAVE surround-view adaptation of images of the 2007 Harris Fire to members of the HPWREN team. The pictures, which were taken by cameras that were part of the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network, or HPWREN, graphically demonstrated the 360-degree view from Lyons Peak as the fire evolved and the mountain burned over.

StarCAVE is a virtual-reality environment that allows groups of scientists to venture into worlds as small as nanoparticles and as big as the cosmos, permitting new insights that could fuel discoveries in many fields. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of several federal agencies that supports Calit2.

HPWREN is an NSF-funded network research project that also functions as a collaborative cyberinfrastructure on research, education and first responder activities. HPWREN includes creating, demonstrating, and evaluating a noncommercial, prototype, high-performance, wide-area, wireless network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties. The network includes backbone nodes at the University of California-San Diego and San Diego State University campuses, and a number of "hard to reach" areas in remote environments. For more information, visit the HPWREN website. (Date of Image: 2009)

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