Using Observation Networks to Advance Earth System Understanding: State of the Art, Data-Model Integration, and Frontiers

February 13, 2018 - February 15, 2018
Joint CZO, LTER, NEON, & ISMC Workshop

Through a community process, this workshop will

  1. identify the current state-of-the-science to model physical, chemical and ecological processes at and below the Earth’s surface, its strengths, limitations and frontiers;
  2. advance data integration into future model frameworks across networks and sites, thinking specifically about continental scales; and
  3. further build integrative user communities.

Desired Outcomes

  • Build new bridges between networks and user communities
  • Publish paper(s) on frontiers and challenges in this area
  • Prepare proposal(s) for follow-up grants and/or workshops
  • Identify high-priority tools and functions for data-model platform(s)

For information on registration, visit the workshop event page. 

Meeting Overview

Day 1 - Keynotes and lightning talks; focus on identifying key issues and scientific direction.

Day 2 - Breakouts to synthesize paths for key topics and frontier activities.

Day 3, morning - Bring together all breakouts and develop an action plan, which will likely include white papers, journal articles, and other engagement activities.

Day 3, afternoon - Reserved for attendees that wish to continue to work together.

Requests for keynote and lightning talk abstracts will be part of the registration process (details below). A full meeting agenda will then be posted in January.

We will provide additional details to this webpage regarding how to book lodging in Boulder and other workshop logistics in the near future.


Details coming soon. 

Pre-workshop Activities

To build community involvement and input, a series of Charrettes (interactive webinars) will be held from Nov 2017-Feb 2018. Those who have been invited to attend the workshop, as well as others interested in the topic, are highly encouraged to attend. 

Charrette #1 – Integration of terrestrial observational networks: Opportunity for improvement of Earth system dynamics modeling (Webinar) Wednesday, November 8th, 9 am Mountain Time.

Note, this charrette highlighted ideas from a manuscript recently submitted to Earth System Dynamics - join the interactive public discussion until 18 Dec 2017.

Charrette #2 –  Harmonizing scale and process representation across the ecosystem of critical zone-oriented models and opportunities for cross-network synthesis (Webinar), Wednesday, December 6th, 9 am Mountain Time.

Charrette #3 – Data availability across observation networks, week of Jan 8th 

Charrette #4 – Using observation network data for prediction and forecasting of Earth system processes and services, week of Feb 6th 

Science Coordinating Team 

Roland Baatz, Kris Van Looy, and Harry Vereecken (Forschungszentrum Juelich); Jim Tang (Marine Biology Lab); Pamela Sullivan (University of Kansas); Michael Young (University of Texas); Peter Groffman (CUNY, Cary Inst.); Julia Jones (Oregon State University); Praveen Kumar (Univ. of Illinois); Lejo Flores (Boise State University); Hank Loescher, Samantha Weintraub, and Lee Stanish (Battelle NEON)

Questions? Email Samantha Weintraub 

Workshop materials will be released shortly. 

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