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NSF and Environmental Cyberinfrastructure

  1. 1. NSF and Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Margaret Leinen Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Workshop, NCAR 2002
  2. 2. A brief history of “cyberinfrastructure” at NSF <ul><li>2000 : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community and NSF concern about the asymmetrical development of computer power and tools to use the power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CISE funds a number of large scale infrastructure proposals as part of the Information Technology Research priority area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Late 2000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CISE proposes a “cyberinfrastructure” component to the ITR </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Cyberinfrastructure data manipulation cycles networking data mgt training software
  4. 4. <ul><li>Early 2001 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NSF establishes a “Blue Ribbon” panel to provide advice in developing cyberinfrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kelvin Droeggemeier a member of panel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental community discussion of cyberinfrastructure needs </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Special challenges of environmental research <ul><li>Global scope </li></ul><ul><li>Geospatial reference </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity of systems </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary integration </li></ul><ul><li>Volume of data </li></ul><ul><li>Need for long-term data collection and simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Value of historical data </li></ul><ul><li>Predictive power for decision-making in uncertainty </li></ul>
  6. 6. Changes in Environmental Education <ul><li>New demands for curricular materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect data on Earth’s physical and biotic components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include recent research data and results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discovery-based learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consideration of social implications in decision-making exercises </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Needs in Environmental Education <ul><li>Digital Libraries for data collections and images </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for manipulation of data and discovery activities </li></ul><ul><li>Communications networks for access and collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Support services for contributors, teachers, and students </li></ul>
  8. 9. Challenges: Synthesis of Needs of Various Environmental Communities <ul><li>Management of distributed observing systems </li></ul><ul><li>Standards for data integrity and accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity to archive large data sets </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid access to databases and computational power through high bandwidth networks </li></ul><ul><li>Common modeling frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Computing power for modeling, visualization, and prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term maintenance, operations, and data management </li></ul><ul><li>Need for skilled workforce </li></ul>
  9. 10. Other Challenges <ul><li>Challenges that have not been identified because they are beyond the n </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combining spatial images and digital data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling frameworks that integrate earth, atmospheric and ocean systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling frameworks that integrate physical systems with biological and engineering systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge or decision-support systems that combine geospatial information with demographic, economic and other data for land use and disaster management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual property issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security and privacy issues </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Discipline research </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline cyberinfrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Computer and computational cyberinfrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Computer and computational research </li></ul>Where does cyberinfrastructure stop and research begin?
  11. 12. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles
  12. 13. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles Networks, software, data manipulation, data management, training CISE cyberinfrastructure:
  13. 14. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles Networks, software, data manipulation, data management, training Cyberinfrastructure for discipline science
  14. 15. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Spatial data challenges: e.g. Merging digital imagery with digital data Compute cycles Networks, software, data manipulation, data management, training Cyberinfrastructure for discipline science
  15. 18. S. Kazenski, U Texas - Austin
  16. 19. Galveston Bay, 1855
  17. 20. Galveston Bay, 1901
  18. 21. Galveston Bay, today

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