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“Science” synthesis breakout 8/25/05. Research agenda as part of or aligned with NPN Framing issues and questions Research topics that could be addressed Connecting science to monitoring, outreach and decision making Promoting communication across researchers
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Research agenda as part of or aligned with NPN
Framing issues and questions
Research topics that could be addressed
Connecting science to monitoring, outreach
and decision making
Promoting communication across researchers
Additional Science components for NPN to consider
A strong scientific research component is necessary to guide procedures and structure, to assure quality and effectivenessof the observational network, and to make NPN “pay off”.
However, to what extent the research component is
directly integrated into the NPN program, vs. affiliated as an outside aligned activity, needs clarification. A broad research agenda may be too complex and too expensive to include a in the NPN monitoring effort. But should there be a modicum of analysis and within NPN to keep the operational staff engaged with the data and the research community?
trends and variability
social and economic, including vulnerability
hazards (health, ecosystem damage, etc)
ecological function and structure
National scale, nested network required to address key q’s:
weather and climate variations occur at regional to continental
scales. Nested intensive & distributed network provides opportunity
to inform questions regarding mechanisms and processes
revealed in spatial and temporal structure. Ultimately, NPN
can inform decisionmakers via a variety of scientific processes:
observing, monitoring, analysis, modeling, and predicting
*How can NPN be used to observe/detect the effects of
climate change and variability on biota
*What are vulnerabilities in Nation’s agricultural system?
*How does land use affect spatial patterns of phenology?
*Effects of changing composition of the atmosphere?
Workshops (Regional or topical)
Professional meeting sessions
Graduate course offerings (IGERTs, etc):
“Intellectual engineering of phenology as a science
from flower to the globe”.
IT scientists -- data sharing and information transfer
Social scientists to study and advise on:
organizational structure & dynamics
Research translators for general public and decisionmakers