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WS: E-infrastructures for Environmental Research

Thomas Röblitz
Session chairThomas Röblitz
TrackWS Track 2
DateTuesday, 5 May 2015
Time09:00 - 10:30
DescriptionEnvironmental research studies a wide range of topics from the human impact on marine ecosystems to understanding the solid part of the earth surface to biodiversity informatics to atmospheric phenomena to name only a few. The scientific analysis begins with monitoring physical, chemical, biological and other environmental values which exhibit large ranges of temporal and spatial scales across borders of several countries. Understanding the complex interactions of environmental processes is increasingly requiring to couple models of different fields and to integrate various data sources. Research results may have a great impact on the healthy environment of large populations and their sustainable future.

The need to understand environmental processes on the regional and global scale has led to increased collaboration on developing research infrastructures (for example, by the ESFRI roadmap on the European level). Advanced e-Infrastructures are needed to process and store the data gathered by emerging research infrastructures. As the research infrastructures are shared by larger and larger internationally distributed collaborations, e-Infrastructures need to scale with the increased demands and support more complex analyses. Because findings in environmental research have implications for so many parts of our global society, results have to be made available to researchers, governmental agencies and the general public.

On January 1st, 2015, NeIC has established a new strategic area for environmental sciences which will facilitate the development and deployment of e-Infrastructures for enabling and improving collaboration among the Nordic countries. By presenting the status, plans and challenges for various fields in environmental research, this workshop aims at exchanging knowledge and fostering new collaborations on the development of e-Infrastructures.

Workshop topics include but are not restricted to

• tools for collaboration via the internet
• data and metadata: characteristics (time scales, spatial scales), formats,  sources, transfer (amount, remote locations), aggregation, conversion, processing, distributing, real-time access, access licenses, archiving, curation
• computing: analytical tools, batch processing, paradigms (sequential, shared memory, distributed memory, map reduce), workflows
• networks: connection to remote sensing sites
• development and deployment of e-Infrastructures: national, regional, international level; integration into umbrella organizations; funding; technology match; interoperability
• cross-disciplinary challenges

Session 09:00 - 10:30

09:00 - 09:15 Introduction, Thomas Röblitz (NeIC Environment Area Coordinator)

09:15 - 09:35 EISCAT_3D Project Overview, Ingrid Mann (Head of Projects, EISCAT)

09:35 - 09:55 EISCAT_3D e-Infrastructure, John White (NeIC EISCAT_3D Support project)

09:55 - 10:25 Inverse Modelling of Emissions into the Atmosphere, Andreas Stohl (Senior Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Air Research)

Break 10:30 - 11:00

Session 11:00 - 12:30

11:00 - 11:30 Nordic ESM, Jon Egill Kristjansson (Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo)

11:30 - 12:00 Handling 'Big Data' from Animal-Based Biotelemetry Sensors - Challenges and Solutions, Holger Dettki (Umeå Center for Wireless Remote Animal Monitoring)

12:00 - 12:30 Swedish LifeWatch E-Infrastructure: Insights from Five Years of Construction, Oskar Kindvall (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)