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