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  • 1. NSF and Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Margaret Leinen Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Workshop, NCAR 2002
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Cyberinfrastructure data manipulation cycles networking data mgt training software
  • 4.
    • 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8.  
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11.
    • Discipline research
    • Discipline cyberinfrastructure
    • Computer and computational cyberinfrastructure
    • Computer and computational research
    Where does cyberinfrastructure stop and research begin?
  • 12. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles
  • 13. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles Networks, software, data manipulation, data management, training CISE cyberinfrastructure:
  • 14. Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Compute cycles Networks, software, data manipulation, data management, training Cyberinfrastructure for discipline science
  • 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
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  • 18. S. Kazenski, U Texas - Austin
  • 19. Galveston Bay, 1855
  • 20. Galveston Bay, 1901
  • 21. Galveston Bay, today
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