RCN-Forecast

RCN FORECAST Workshop 2014: Representing Soil Carbon Dynamics in Global Land Models to Improve Future IPCC Assessments. June 11-14, 2014, Breckenridge, CO. Click here for detail

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Several forces are driving a transformation in ecological research towards a science of ecological forecasting. Such forces include:

(i) dramatically increased availability of data from observational and experimental networks;

(ii) leaps in computational power;

(iii) advances in statistical and optimization methodologies;

(iv) the societal need to anticipate global change impacts on our natural resources, and thus develop better strategies for managing these resources.

A key approach to facilitate this transformation is through data assimilation with predictive models. This project describes a network (FORECAST) of activities with the primary objectives of further developing, applying, and promoting ecological forecasting and data assimilation techniques. To achieve the objectives, FORECAST will organize five conferences related to:

(i) data assimilation towards ecological forecasting;

(ii) data processing, mining, and assimilation;

(iii) uncertainty analysis and information content of data, models, and forecasts;

(iv) education, curriculum development, and organization of training programs;

(v) interfacing data assimilation and ecological forecasting with data generated from sensor networks via data archival/retrieval advances in cyberinfrastructure.

Meanwhile, FORECAST will organize working groups to develop benchmarks for forecasting impacts of global change on:

(i) ecosystem functioning and services;

(ii) biological diversity;

(iii) dynamics of infectious diseases in ecological systems.

FORECAST has the potential to develop a multi-disciplinary community of scientists with expertise in data assimilation and ecological forecasting.

Events

2012. DOE Workshop: Strategies to Promote Integrated Experiment-Model Approaches to Terrestrial Ecosystem Study

RCN FORECAST Conference 2012: Promoting New Perspectives on Data Assimilation in Global Change Science. 9-11 October, Woods Hole, MA