NCEAS hosts Earth Cube End-User Workshop

Coral reef fish Paracanthurus hepatus Photo Credit: Jim Maragos, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Developing a Community Vision of Cyberinfrastructure Needs for Coral Reef Systems Science

On October 23-24, 2013, NCEAS is hosting an Earth Cube end-user workshop of coral reef researchers, to identify how improved cyberinfrastructure and  Internet-enabled data tools can help address "grand challenge" questions in the coral reef systems sciences.  Organized by Ruth Gates of the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaiʻi, and Mark Schildhauer, NCEAS’ Director of Computing, this week’s workshop follows on the heels of the first workshop held in September in Hawai’i.

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Earth Cube Initiative encompasses “transformative concepts and approaches to create integrated data management infrastructures across the Geosciences.” Coral reef research data exemplifies many of the challenges that the Earth Cube Initiative is addressing. The coral reef research community focuses on a critically important ecosystem and is extremely diverse from a disciplinary perspective, crossing the boundaries of biological, physical and chemical oceanography, land-ocean interactions, climate science, remote sensing, modeling and engineering.

The goal of these workshops is to gather feedback from data generators and users on how cyberinfrastructure and data tools can play a role in enhancing the value, scope and impact of coral reef systems science. Participants have been selected to represent a broad geographic range of US academic coral reef community members, including women and minorities, and as many early to mid career coral biologists as possible. Between the two workshops 50-60 participants are expected to attend either in person or virtually. 

More information on the Earth Cube Coral Reef Systems Community Workshops


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Posted on October 21, 2013