Strategic Development

The Strategic Development Team establishes collaborations and relationships with diverse stakeholders nationally and internationally to foster community-building, infrastructure interoperability and scientific discovery. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about opportunities for collaboration.

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Current Projects


The COOPEUS project (COOPeration EU-US) establishes collaborations between international environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe and the United States to promote information and infrastructure interoperability across research domains.


Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC)

The SCC works to ensure the seamless integration of the strategies developed within the COOPEUS project by providing advice, guidance, and direction on the integration process between research infrastructures in the environmental field on both sides of the Atlantic.


Kepler Workflow Project

Working with San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and UNAVCO, we aim to lower data integration barriers by seamlessly combining workflows and supporting reproducible research and publication by linking to the Research Object infrastructure (ROHub).


Plant Phenology Ontologies (PPO) Project

Creating shared vocabularies to annotate plant phenological data sources (including NEON, NPN and PEP) using terms from the plant ontology, biological collections ontology and the newly developed plant phenology ontology to answer questions relating to phenological stages and their expression across time and space, and different environments.


GEO Carbon Project

Working to develop an integrated global carbon cycle observation system to monitor changes in the carbon cycle comprised of space and ground-based observations, in concert with modelling and analysis, to produce more robust budgets of carbon and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). A global initiative, the GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative, is working within the framework of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to promote interoperability and provide integration across different parts of the system, particularly at domain interfaces.


News & Updates

Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) Meeting at European Geophysical Union (EGU) Conference

The Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC), the joint coordinating activity between COOP+ Open Board (OB) and COOPEUS Strategic Collaboration Board (SCB), works to ensure the seamless integration of the strategies developed within the COOPEUS AND COOP+ projects between research infrastructures in the environmental field on both sides of the Atlantic. The Strategic Cooperation Council is operating under the concept of a joint group. Specifically, a two-track mode: i) decision-making activities, largely focused on COOP+ OB activities versus ii) versus advisory activities, continuing to work on defining and operationalizing the SCB. The SCC is composed of representatives of Research Infrastructures (RI) to bring the perspective of organizations that are involved in the development of funding strategies.

April 13th, 2018 09:00-11:00
Meliá Hotel Vienna
River Room
Donau City Strasse 7
1220 Vienna, Austria

U.S. Global Change Research Project (USGCRP) Releases Climate Science Special Report (CSSR): Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence. The observed increase in carbon emissions over the past 15-20 years has been consistent with higher emissions pathways. In 2014 and 2015, emission growth rates slowed as economic growth became less carbon-intensive. Even if this slowing trend continues, however, it is not yet at a rate that would limit global average temperature change to well below 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels.

USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I [Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 470 pp, doi: 10.7930/J0J964J6.

BATTELLE - NEON Becomes a Research Data Alliance (RDA) Organizational Member

The current global research data landscape is highly fragmented, by disciplines or by domains, from oceanography, life sciences and health, to agriculture, space and climate. The RDA enables data to be shared across barriers through focused Working Groups and Interest Groups, formed of experts from around the world & from academia, industry and government to directly and logically tackle numerous data infrastructure challenges. The RDA vision is building the social and technical bridges that enable researchers and innovators to openly share data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. For many global organizations, RDA is a vehicle to help incorporate data sharing technologies. RDA has a lot of momentum in being the premier science and technology forum for advancing computer science, informatics, data portals, interoperability, etc for the environmental sciences. Plus, they are international in scope.

We have recently named BEI a delegate to be part of the Assembly that convenes at RDA Plenaries and the election of the RDA Organizational Assembly Board. As a RDA Organizational Member (OM), we have an institutional voice to provide strategic direction, and assist in the implementation and adoption of RDA’s Recommendations. Also, as an OM we can work with and develop ‘RDA working groups’ (this incorporates a different stakeholder engagement strategy and can augment and supplement our current strategy), and we will have a voice in the RDA forum, to provide advice and counsel on the best way forward to tackle future problems faced in data exchange/informatics/interoperability.

With our new Organizational Membership, Battelle will be participating in the 11th RDA Plenary Meeting, which focuses on the development of infrastructure and community activities aimed to reduce barriers to data sharing and exchange, and promote the acceleration of data driven innovation worldwide. Under the theme "From Data to Knowledge", the Plenary meeting includes the participation of all data scientists, experts and practitioners engaged in the advancement of data-driven science and economy.

Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) Meeting at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference

During the 2017 Fall AGU Meeting in New Orleans, representatives from COOPEUS and COOP+ stakeholder research infrastructures took advantage of the opportunity to co-locate a meeting of the COOPEUS Strategic Cooperation Board and the recently formed COOP+ Open Board. The group met on 14 December 2017 to hear brief activity updates from COOPEUS and COOP+, to hold the inaugural meeting of the COOP+ Open Board, and to discuss the re-alignment of the governance of the two efforts. From the meeting, we have realigned this newsletter as the Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC).

Discussions on governance identified the need to avoid overlap and proliferation of these types of activities. Closely linked to the overlap conversation, the group also discussed the appropriate focus for governance e.g. procedural, decisional, process. The group also highlighted the important role that governance can play in facilitating culture change in these communities of practice. A decision was made to hold another face-to-face meeting with a notion to include representatives from other entities that work in aligned spaces, such as RDA, World Data System, CODATA, GEO, and ESIP.

The COOP+ Open Board portion of meeting outlined the Open Board structure and function and presented an overview of a key deliverable for the COOP+ project to be developed by the Open Board in consultation with the SCB. This deliverable is a strategic planning document for COOP+.

The meeting at AGU is part of a new effort to hold monthly tag-ups of these groups. These monthly tag-ups are designed to identify and share knowledge gained as part of COOPEUS and COOP+ projects and activities. These meetings are also part of the effort to re-think the organizational aspects of the overarching activity. The hope is to create a common sense of direction and a shared history of constructive interactions. This shared history of progress will better support the overarching goals to align national and regional research infrastructures with their counterparts in other regions.


Dr. Henry (Hank) Loescher

Dr. Loescher’s career has been at the nexus of science, engineering and project development. Formally educated as an Ecosystem Scientist. He received his PhD and MSc from the University of Florida. He was the second hire for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a first-of-its continental-scale ecology major research facility that integrates science, engineering and project management. Hank has lead multiple NEON Project Science Teams (i.e., Instruments, Mobile Platforms, Aquatic) through the important NSF/NSB Review stage and early construction. Hank was also part of a small elite team that crafted NEON's Continental Design, and has contributed to numerous engineering efforts. He is currently directing NEON’s strategic development efforts (presentations available), and focusing on public/private enterprises. His research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales. He continues to publish, and has over 70 peer review papers. Prior to his tenure at NEON, he was at Oregon State University administrating the DOE AmeriFlux Program.

Staff Bio

Melissa Genazzio

Melissa Genazzio is the CoopEUS Staff Scientist funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) initiative. She works to engage, broaden participation, and coordinate COOPEUS partnerships and NEON planned activities. This unique large-scale Project Science management supports the US Observatories in this endeavor and works closely with our EU counterpart to achieve COOPEUS’s goals.

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Dr. Mike SanClements

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Dave Durden

David Durden is a Surface Atmosphere Data Scientist in the Terrestrial Instrumented Systems team for the NEON project. His efforts are related to fostering globally interoperable environmental observations through collaboration between research networks, implementing standard approaches for algorithmic processing of environmental data, and developing open source software to accompany data products to increase data provenance. He has provided leadership in the GEO Carbon and GHG initiative under Task 3 “Optimizing in-situ measurement across networks” by participating in the initiative’s kickoff meeting and providing an invited talk at the 2017 GEO plenary meeting.

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Science Strategy Overview

The 2011 Science Strategy builds upon the 2006 ISEP and the 2009 NEON Observatory Design.

The National Ecological Observatory Network is a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated under cooperative agreement by Battelle. Check out the PowerPoint presentation An observatory approach to enable ecological forecasting: The role of the National Ecological Observatory Network, which provides general information on the science rationale and design for the National Ecological Observatory Network, and introduces the concepts of interoperability.

For more information, please contact Dr. Henry (Hank) Loescher.

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